Gospel Reading and Thoughts for June 2, 2013

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Gospel – Luke 9:11B-17 loaves and fishes

Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God,
and he healed those who needed to be cured.
As the day was drawing to a close,
the Twelve approached him and said,
“Dismiss the crowd
so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms
and find lodging and provisions;
for we are in a deserted place here.”
He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.”
They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.”
Now the men there numbered about five thousand.
Then he said to his disciples,
“Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.”
They did so and made them all sit down.
Then taking the five loaves and the two fish,
and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing over them, broke them,
and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And when the leftover fragments were picked up,
they filled twelve wicker baskets.

 

How interesting that on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the gospel is about the material feeding of the loaves and the fishes, rather than the spiritual feeding of the Eucharist.  But perhaps it is more about how Christ was able to multiply what the disciples had to reach all in the crowd.  In the same way, we may not feel like we have enough to go around – to do the repeating housework, fix another meal, change yet another diaper, read the same rhyming book over again and over again.  But when we are fed by our spiritual food of the Eucharist each Sunday, God will stretch that food out to allow us the strength and grace to extend ourselves further than we knew to be possible!

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