MY daily reflection and prayer:
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Seventeenth Sunday in the Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to John 6:1-15
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!” Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
NOTHING on this earth can truly satisfy our deepest longing and hunger we experience for God. But thanks to the God for giving us satisfaction through Jesus Christ who gives us our daily bread. It is not earthly but heavenly bread. We have it in the Eucharist.
The Gospel today tells us how Jesus feeds of the five thousand with his miracle to multiplicate five loaves and two fish. The deed of Jesus to take five loaves and two fish and to give thanks to his heavenly Father, the distributes to all until they are satisfied of their hunger is a par excellence antisipating the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
What is the significance of this particular miracle for us? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude points to his provision of the Eucharist Jesus offers us. It foreshadows the true heavenly bread which he offers us everyday.
Jesus Christ is the true bread of heaven that can satisfy our deepest hunger we experience. When the Lord takes the loaves and says the blessing, breaks, and distributes through his disciples, it prefigures the superabundance of the unique bread of his Eucharist. When we receive the Eucharist from the Lord’s table, we unite ourselves to Jesus Christ. We then share in his body and blood.
In the Sacrament of the Eucharist and in the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we recieve and worship Jesus Christ, the true heavenly bread for us. It heals our both body and soul and strengthtens us in our journey heavenward. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist and worshiping Jesus is an intimate union with Christ. It also strengthens us in charity and enables us to break our lives for others.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, in the Eucharist and Perpetual Adoration you show us the generosity of God and his great kindness. You give us abundantly. You give more than we need for ourselves so that we may have something to share with others, especially those who lack what they need. You take the little we have and multiply it for the good of others. May wevfreely share with others what you have given to us now and forever. Amen.
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