Matthew, Chapter 15, verse 32
32 Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.”
This chapter of Matthew records the feeding of the four thousand. Some would say that God has no fear but here we see that Christ had fear for the welfare of the multitude. He knows our needs and is concerned for them. After all in today’s gospel He states, “I am the good shepherd… I know my sheep, and mine know me.” (John 10:14)
Christ knows that even if our hearts desires are in the right place and we have perfect self-control we must acknowledge the legitimate needs of the body. We are both spirit and body; the perfection of the creator, which the fallen angels despise. We must care for both because both are the gift of God.
Christ says, “They have been with me now for three days and have had nothing to eat”. I suggest that we follow His advice starting this week if we can to participate in Mass sometime during our midweek so we may not collapse along the way.
I also suggest now would be a good time to look for a retreat of three days in which you can be with the Lord knowing He will not send you away hungry.