Imaginative Contemplation: Feeding the Five Thousand

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Here, as stated before, it is my intention to draw from the forthcoming Sunday liturgy and to offer a guided prayer on one of the pieces of scripture in the same way that we have been doing in Exploring Personal Prayer. I do not intend to offer any reflections on the scripture. My suggestion is that you follow the Ignatian structure: preparation for prayer by reading the scripture, going to your prayer place and doing the prayer itself, and then moving away to another place and doing a review of the prayer. Keeping some sort of prayer journal is good practice. Note any moments of consolation in the prayer, where you felt drawn more deeply into God, and moments of desolation, where prayer was disturbed, where you were distracted and pulled further away from God: feelings of attraction and repulsion should be noted. These points may provide areas for repetition of the prayer. Also, if you have a spiritual director or prayer partner, someone who can listen with an ear to where God is in this, it may be worth sharing your prayer with them. I am following the processes outline in the prayer cards above. You may print these onto A6 or A4 card to have in your prayer space to help you become accustomed to this way of praying, remembering it is more of a flow than a rigid structure.  

Feeding the Five Thousand

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16 Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17 They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ 18 And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Imaginative Contemplation: Feeding the Five Thousand. Guided prayer.

Background music is the album: Keith Halligan – Lifestyle Meditation, Global Journey  

6 thoughts on “Imaginative Contemplation: Feeding the Five Thousand”

  1. Wonderful storey and such a promise to us all
    About abundance and being cared for

    1. Thank you Bill. I’m glad that you are engaging with these prayers. It is nice for me to know that when I sit down to record them, that later, someone will be connecting with God through listening to it.
      God bless.
      Margaret Mary

  2. This contemplation has been a fine way to start Sunday morning, and the fruits of it will be with me as I go through the day.
    (I did find the audio file from the web page played very quietly on my PC. I made a louder version of the file and this worked well for me. If this louder version is of any use to you do let me know.)

    1. Thank you for your feedback. I am glad that you have found the prayer helpful and I hope that you will be blessed with deep consolation from praying with it. I will check out the sound quality on my devices to see if anything needs fixing from my end. Maybe I was too far away from the microphone or something, but I will check to make sure there is not an error going forwards. Thank you again.

  3. The sound is something I need to look at as I really am in the woods here
    Need access to a child Hehe

    1. I don’t really know what happened with this one, I maybe was just further away from the microphone. I’ve taken more care with the one I put up today. I don’t know if you can use headphones? That does improve it.

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