Posted by: fvbcdm | December 5, 2012

Feast of Saint Gerald (5 Dec 2012)

Today’s liturgy holds up for us one of the prophecies of Isaiah concerning the kingdom of the Messiah; it says: the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines—juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. Then, in the gospel, we are shown the fulfillment of that prophecy when Our Divine Lord fed “great crowds” by miraculously multiplying seven loaves of bread and a few fish.

He explains why he is doing that: “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,” he tells his disciples. “They have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry.” As his sacred heart is moved with pity for them, so ours are moved with love and appreciation for him, who loves us so much. So he gave the crowds on that hillside above the Lake of Galilee bread and fish. And to us and all the members of his church, he gives himself—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. Not just once above the lake of Galilee, but from the moment of the Last Supper until the end of time, from one end of the earth to the other. He is our Bread of Life; the Eucharist is the very heart, core, center of our religious life, our Christianity, our Catholicism, our relationship with God in Jesus our Savior.

After all those people on the hillside had eaten to their heart’s content, Our Lord directed the disciples to gather up the leftovers, and they were found to fill seven baskets. That was more than they started with. Jesus thus displays his miraculous power, his generosity, his largesse. His care and nourishment of his people will never run out; there will always be MORE than enough; we need never worry about our salvation as long as we cooperate with him by keeping his commandments. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message in the past.




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