Posted by: fvbcdm | August 19, 2014

Catholic Daily Message for the Feast of Saint John Eudes (19 August 2014)

Catholic Daily Message for the Feast of Saint John Eudes (19 August 2014)

In Mark’s gospel, a great crowd assembles around Jesus on the shore of the Lake of Galilee. He wanted to be alone there to pray and rest, but they hungered for his presence, his personality, his words. And we are told that “his heart was moved with pity for them.”  So he cured the sick among them. Then, as the day was ending and the time was coming for the shops and stores that sold food to close, the apostles tell Our Lord that he better let the people go so that they can buy something for supper. But no, he tells them that THEY are to feed the people. The apostles are astonished: there are thousands of people, and the apostles had nothing to eat themselves. Jesus tells them to bring what they have; it turns out to be five loaves of bread and two fish. “Bring them to me,” Our Lord commands. He blessed the food, divided it among the apostles who gave, and gave, and gave. And when everyone had eaten all they wanted, Our Lord tells the apostles to gather up the leftovers. These filled twelve baskets—a great deal more than they began with.

I think of this often in terms of my own priesthood. Before my ordination, I had nothing to give the people of God by way of giving the Eucharist. But since I was ordained a priest, I have celebrated Mass over 16,000 times. And the number of times I have fed God=s people with the Holy Eucharist probably runs into the millions. So I can to some degree identify with the bewildered apostles as they continued to reach into their baskets and came up with more bread, more fish—seemingly without end. Let us continue to adore and thank the Lord of the Eucharist for this divine food given to us daily by Our Blessed Lord. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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