Cycle C

Good News C29

The Body and Blood of Christ

 

Luke 9:11-17 New American Bible

Luke 9:10-17 New International Version Bible Gateway

 

 Loaves and Fishes

 

 

          There are many similarities between the Gospel of the Loaves and Fishes and the offertory, consecration, and communion of Mass.

Jesus and the Apostles didn’t have any food for the five thousand people who followed them to a deserted place called Bethsaida. The Apostles wanted to send them home so they wouldn’t have to worry about finding them food. When a little boy heard Jesus and his apostles asking for food, he shared his five barley loaves and two fish.  At the offertory, you share the gifts you have of time, talent, and treasure. The bread and wine is offered as a gift from the whole church family. God multiplies it to meet the needs of his people.  

           Then at the consecration, Jesus looks up to heaven and asks his heavenly Father to bless these gifts of bread, wine, time, talent, and treasure that the church family has given to God.

            If the Priest or Eucharistic Minister thinks that there might not be enough hosts to give out, they break it in half. Even though they may break it into many smaller pieces, God multiplies the graces and nourishment. Even if you get a tiny crumb of a host, you receive the same amount of graces and nourishment as someone who might get a bigger piece.

          God rejoices when you remember to ask his blessings over the food you eat.  Remember to be thankful for what you have. Ask God to multiply the food on earth so that we may feed all of his people.  Many people do not have even a crumb of bread to eat.  When you eat at home, at school, or in restaurants, ask God’s blessings on you, your food, and all the people who grew it, cooked it, served it, and paid for it. If you can give a little extra money to give to those without food, God will be very pleased. Ask your parish priest to tell you where the money could be used best. 

          Teach others how to do something.  When you teach others, more knowledge and wisdom bounces back to you and makes you stronger. When you explain something to your brother or sister or the neighbor down the street, it helps you to understand better. When you study for a test, explain the facts and procedures to someone else.  It’s a great way to study because it insures that your comprehension will increase.  It might help you make a better grade.

          Say the “Our Father” and thank God for helping you to be willing to share what you have with others.  What you give away, God sends right back to you.  You will never be without what you need as long as you stay close by his side.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

            

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards