Our presider Sunday gave yet another wonderful homily on this weekend's gospel. The center of his ideas revolved around the word "dismiss" as in, "...the disciples urged Him to dismiss the crowd..." as some translations state it as part of the parable of the loaves and fishes. He gave simple and yet such deep reflections on "dismissal" and "being dismissed." The bottom line, of course, is that Jesus, even at his most tired and private moments, would not dismiss the people who came to him for food (not literal food, but His Word) and we must do the same.
As a community that runs both a food pantry and a soup kitchen, this is a powerful reflection for us. Giving people food is not enough. They also need "food" of another sort. Are we willing to give that "food," also?
Here's a look around the Mount as it appears this first weekend of August: