To eat is a necessity for any human to live, to become strong, able to go about their work and live their lives. In today’s Gospel we hear the one and only account that can be found in all four Gospels; the multiplication of loaves. One young boy willing to share all he had and by it thousands had their fill of fish and bread. I am sure that the disciples were not quite sure what Jesus was thinking when he told them to distribute the food, only then to have to go again and collect what was left over; twelve baskets we are told. So if five loaves and two fish fed thousands, how much more could twelve full baskets feed? The multiplication of loaves is a prelude to what we as God’s people will receive in the Eucharist. The account of this miracle is a proclamation of the reality found in Jesus.
In Jesus, all are fed. All have what they need to live, to be strong and to go about the work of spreading the Good News of Jesus. Today, we too, are fed by the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. It is in the Eucharist that we find the nourishment we need to live our Christian lives. In the Eucharist we find that which sustains us, renews us and nurtures us to become all that God intended we be. And just as the thousands were fed on the side of a mountain near the Sea of Galilee with Jesus present to them, we are fed by the miracle of the Eucharist each and every time we gather for Mass. When I think about how many thousands of people the world over receive the Eucharist on any given Sunday, I am awed! Jesus continues to enter into our very being, to accompany us as we strive to live as his disciples. Let us give thanks in a most reverent way. Let us give thanks to Jesus by living our lives in such a way that we might attract others to do the same. May others see in us a reflection of the love of Jesus Christ for every person, without judgement, without prejudice, in a most humble and contrite way let us share God’s love for his people. Where will we find our strength? Only in Jesus Christ, the one who feeds a never-ending multitude of people who hunger for all he can provide. Heavenly Father we pray in thanksgiving for the opportunity to become what we eat in the Eucharist; the Body of Christ that we might go forth to share your love with all people of the world inviting them to know you and your Son. Send your Spirit upon us that we might realize the gift you offer and strengthen us to do your work in this world. We pray this in the name of your Son, our Brother, Jesus Christ. Amen. Come, be fed. Then go, glorifying God with your life!
Have a great week.
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC