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Jesus fills our deeper hunger, Pope says tells Sunday audience

July 30, 2012

At his midday audience on Sunday, July 29, Pope Benedict XVI commented on the Gospel story of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, pointing out that Jesus used a boy’s generosity as the basis for his astonishing display.

The Pope explained that “the miracle did not come from nowhere, it came from an ordinary boy's desire to share what he had.” Speaking more generally, he continued: “Jesus does not ask us what we do not possess, but shows us that if each of us offers the little we have, a miracle can always happen.”

Pope Benedict reminded his audience that the original witnesses to Christ’s miracle “stopped at the material aspect.” Jesus fled because He realized that they wanted to make Him and earthly king. The crowd misunderstood, because Jesus is “a king who serves, who bends to man’s level to meet not only his material hunger, but his deeper hunger.”


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