First Reading: Gn 14: 18-20
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 110: 1-4
Second Reading: 1 Cor. 11: 23-26
Gospel: Lk 9: 116-17
There is a common theme running through the readings today: faith, food and being fed. The first reading tells of Melchizedek bringing out bread and wine to Abram, a sign that Abram was blessed by God for his efforts in rescuing his kinsmen. The second reading is an account of the Last Supper when Jesus blessed the bread and wine and gave it to the apostles and to us. The sharing of himself in the bread and wine is the most important act that Jesus did for us. The bread and wine feeds our bodies and the body and blood feeds our souls. This gift is Jesus’ way to remain with us always.
The Gospel reading is the story of the best-known miracle that Jesus worked which is reported in all four Gospels. Picture a tired group of men returning to Jesus to tell him all they had done. They had worked hard and they were tired. They needed a rest. Jesus was aware of this and took them to Bethsaida for rest and solitude, but the much-anticipated rest was interrupted by a large group of people following Jesus. Despite his fatigue, with no sign of impatience, Jesus welcomed them.
Could we, do we, welcome those in need who might approach us when we have plans, when we are busy? Jesus saw their needs. He was moved with pity no matter what it cost Him. Imagine the apostles’ confusion at the suggestion they feed the crowd with their small supply of food. It must have taken some faith so many to sit down and wait for a meal of which there were no signs. Jesus blessed the food, just as he blessed bread and wine at the Last Supper. All ate and were satisfied. There were 12 baskets left over. These full baskets teach us that Christ’s gift of Himself as the Bread of Life is there for us at any given moment. Do we feel the nourishment of our bodies and souls when we receive the Eucharist? What do I do in my everyday life to share my gifts with others?
Thank you for the gift of yourself in the Eucharist. Each time we receive You in the bread and wine help me be mindful of all You did for us. Help us to share this love with all we meet. Keep us mindful of the needs of others and do what we can to fill these needs, both physical and spiritual.
Dot Lindsey, Associate