Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

When We think There is Nothing We can do: Mark 8:1-10


 Breakfast with the Word Saturday 5th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B


Mark 8:1-10


The story of the feeding of the crowd is a story we are very conversant with. The lessons from this encounter between Jesus and the crowd are enormous. There are many lessons one can sieve out from the feeding of the crowd.


 In today’s feeding of the four thousand, one can discuss the omnipotent power of Jesus, His power over impossible cases, His will to save, what we can get from the Lord, the compassionate heart of Jesus, the power of His presence, the power of thanksgiving, the way Jesus nourishes and satisfies us etc. But today, we focus our attention on when we think there is nothing we can do, using the apostles of Jesus as a case study. 


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The Apostles know there is Nothing they can do.



When Jesus sees that the crowd are with Him for three days without eating anything. He tells His apostles that He cannot just send them away like that. Jesus pitied them because He knows that some of them must be hungry, and some came from a very far distance.


When the disciples understood that Jesus was looking for a way to feed the crowd. They reminded Him that yes, it is true that they are hungry, but there is nothing they can do about it. 

Their reasons are 1. There are many people. So, there is no way one can feed such a large number of people. 

2. They have only a few loaves of bread and a few fish, which is practically impossible to feed such a large number of people.

3. They are in a deserted place, and as such, there is nowhere one can even buy more loaves of bread to feed the people.


These factors prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there is nothing they could do. But in the Lord’s presence, what to do is never a problem.

For human reasoning, some situations are practically, reasonably and every calculation prove that there is nothing we can do. But human beings are not God. He is beyond nature, and as such, He is supernatural. 



During the annunciation when the Blessed Virgin Mary asked the Angel “How is this possible since I am a virgin”? The Angel responded “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you (Luke 1:35).


This indicates that for human reasoning, what we see before us may be impossible, without a solution, and nothing we can do, but what we see and think may not be true. God always has a solution to every situation. So, when we think there is nothing we can do, God may have something already in store. 



A Little Digest.



This lesson today is just a summary of my encounter with someone where I am. After the mass of that day, the young man came to me and said “father, what you said today about God is true. I am a living witness”.


The young man continued; “I lost my parents at the age of twelve and almost lost hope in life. Then, I lived my life in the streets, and many times I thought of committing suicide. I never knew I could be like this today. I was treated like a nobody”.


“But one day, during the feast of Christ the King, I knelt and cried to Jesus as the priest was raising the Blessed Sacrament. I was only shouting, ‘Jesus please do not forget me or I will die. Save me, Lord’. I shouted this repeatedly until the ceremony was over. It was while I was crying, I never knew that someone was watching me. The woman approached me and asked me why I was crying”.


“I told her that I have no parents and no one to help me. She took me home and took care of me as a son. Today I am a dentist. When I look back to how I was and how I am today, I cannot but say that all you said today is true”.


I was touched by his story. Such is life. That we think there is nothing we can do is not a fact there is nothing we can do. When we think all hope is lost is not true that all hope is lost. That you have lost hope in yourselves is not a proof that God has lost hope in you.


There are times we ask questions like “How can this be done? Who will be there for me? How can one pay all these? How can I get married? Etc. Man is always filled with the question of “how can this happen?”. But man forgets that the “how-to” is always in the hands of God and not in his hands. There are  things beyond His limit in which the omnipotent power can take care of.


Always make sincere efforts and do the best you can. God understands the future more than we do, and He knows what would happen more than we also do. Instead of thinking that nothing can be done, think of what God can still do despite the situation. 


Work with the Little


Secondly, put the little you have in action. This is actually what Jesus did today in the feeding of the four thousand. When you put the little you have, you will never know the type of result it will bring. Begin to make that little effort, try the much you can. The multiplication may even surprise you.

Involve God in everything you do, sometimes what you need is only the grace of God.

Once God is involved, that little time, efforts and finance may multiply into something you will never understand. That little video or write up you put on the internet can touch and convert thousands of souls. That little kindness you do today, may have a ripple effect and that little business you want to do may grow to something you may be surprised with.


When I started breakfast with the word, it was not more than 5 lines, with little or few interested readers. But now, Breakfast with the word has gone viral and can boast of thousands of words, readers and viewers.

Today, Breakfast with the word has touched thousands of souls and assessed by many readers all over the world who send their encouraging messages.

If you know that small thing you can do, just begin it. Many lives may be touched by it. How it will happen is only in the hands of God and your belief and consistency.


Therefore, What to do is ours to do but how it will happen is always at the level of the supernatural.



Remain In God’s Presence.


Sometimes when we face impossible situations, there is the temptation to quit and lose hope in life. Do we remember that the reason Jesus fed the crowd today is not that they begged Him to, or that they told Jesus they are hungry, no. Jesus told His apostles “I pity these people because they have been with me for three days now and now have nothing to eat”. 


They were with the Lord for three days, listening to Him and interacting with Him. The crowd were hungry for the Lord and His words. So the only reason they drew the attention and compassion of Jesus is that they have stayed with Him for a while. But today, we cannot even observe one minute before the Lord, and yet we come back to blame God for everything.


The crowd did not request anything from the Lord. The only thing they did was to remain in His presence for three days and listen to Jesus. Then Jesus discovers there is a lack and comes to their help. Therefore, No single time in the presence of God is a waste. 


May God help us and give us the grace to remain close to Him even during challenges. May He continue to protect you. Amen.




  1. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre for this inspiring message. I am relieved after reading it. May the Lord continue to perfect all our endeavors. Amen

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


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  8. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen. Thank you Lord Jesus for another opportunity to be in your presence this morning. Thank you so much for your nurished breakfast. I pray thee never to allow me wander away from your presence through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

  9. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Thank you Jesus for your love and compassion
    Thank you Father for the word
    Remain blessed

  10. Patience Ogbaji says


  11. Nancy chizoba says

    Nice piece fr. Thank you and God bless you.

  12. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Padre for accepting to be God’s instrument. May God always replenish you with His oil of anointing to continue His work.

    God, please give me the grace to always remember that the ‘how-to’ is always in Your hands. May I remain resolute even amidst challenges.

  13. Paschaline says

    God is always with us , no need to lose hope what he cannot do does not exist. God has solution for all problems

  14. Okeke Chioma Agatha says

    Amen, may God answer my prayers

  15. Angela Madu says

    Amen and Amen

  16. Mrs Blessing Chilo says

    Faithful God. Thank you for all you do for us. May we always dwell in your presence no matter the circumstances through Christ our Lord Amen

  17. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God may I never depart from Your presence amidst so many challenges in life. May God continue to strengthen you Fr.

  18. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says



    Amen 🙏 🙏

  20. Ada Ndubuisi says


  21. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you father for this encouragement am so glad to read this.

  22. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen. Lord Jesus have Mercy n feed me n my house hold n all who are suffering today as you did to the crowd. Amen

  23. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    God give me the grace to remain close to you in Jesus name Amen ooooooo

  24. Mercy E Johnny says

    And thank you Padre for ur words of encouragement and wisdom. May the oil of ur anointing never run dry through Christ our Lord. Amen

  25. Elendu Rosemary says

    Amen 🙏

  26. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


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  28. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Well done Padre, God bless you

  29. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    God bless you Padre for your inspiring and encouraging words

  30. Juliet says

    Amen. Jesus I Trust in You! Have Mercy on me and my family. Thank You LORD

  31. Uchenna Obeta says


  32. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr.
    May God grant us the grace to always draw nearer to him nomatter the situation we find ourselves and may he also abide with us and have compassion on us as he did to the crowd in Mark 8: 1-10, Amen!

  33. Rosemary Umeze says

    Thank you Jesus

  34. Nonye Maduka says


  35. Onukwugha Florence says

    Ever Lasting Father, Please give me the Grace to always come closer to your presence and be zealous for your words.Stay Lifted


    God truly is beyond nature. He defies all protocols and processes. He is Supernatural.

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  38. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen 🙏 🙏 🙏

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  42. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Àmen thanks Padre

  43. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  44. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    May God give me the grace to always remain in His presence despite my challenges. May I always be self-confident. May I never hesitate to be compassionate with offer help to people around me. Amen!

  45. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says


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