12 July, 2017: Satiating the Hunger

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Wednesday of Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Gen. 41:55-57, 42:5-7a, 17-24a; Gospel: Mt. 10:1-7

I have always felt that apart from being the fulfillment of the Old Testament, the New Testament is more of a second mile to the Old Testament. Take for example today’s readings. The first reading shows how Joseph satiated the hunger of not just the Egyptians but also of those from around the world who came for grains, since the famine at the time was so devastating and widespread, spanning for many years. Indeed, he was generous to open all the storehouses to all who came to Egypt for sustenance.

The Gospel, on the contrary, shows Jesus who reached out to the people rather than wait for them to come to his aid. Realizing the temporariness of his human existence, he chooses his Twelve disciples and endows them with the power to satiate the hunger of the people stricken with the dearth of physical cure & spiritual help, and plagued with demonic possessions and the lures of the world.  When the people of old had to come to the storehouses of Egypt for food, Jesus now has made himself food for nourishment and avails himself in the tabernacles all over the world, wherein He is the Bread of Life. As much as he commissioned the Apostles to reach out to the ends of the earth, so does he calls each one of us to perpetuate this mission till the end of time.

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