Gospel – 8/2/20 – Matthew 14:13-21
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him, ““Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.
Then he said, “Bring them here to me,”
and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples,
who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up the fragments left over—
twelve wicker baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men,
not counting women and children.
As a Catholic, I may well see this differently than many. I don’t just see this as a miracle because of the Divinity of My Savior or even a miracle in what he preached, touching the hearts of so many that each was willing to share from their own meager rations.
For the Catholic me, I see this a once again the foretelling of the Holy Eucharist. Like at the Last Supper, which is the Mass we celebrate, Jesus took bread, said the blessing and then broke the bread and passed it among the crowd.
The bread represents the Body of Jesus which is broken through the torture he endured for us before he laid down and died for our sins. So, we are fed by his sacrifice and then we share that and it is returned to God in greater amounts than was offered in the beginning.
You and I are the surplus – returning more to God in that our multitudes outnumber – physically, the One who died for us all.
He is the Bread of Life. He is the one who continues to feed us and our desire to be – more. Let us be the twelve wicker baskets. Let us continue his Mission – to feed all.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…