Have you ever witnessed an actual miracle? Today’s Gospel reading relates the story of Jesus miraculously feeding 5000 people with five loaves and two fish (Mk 6:34-44). Can you try to imagine what it would be like to have been there that day? Those people were truly blessed.
When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
I can relate to that… it’s similar to what we receive at Mass. Jesus teaches us though the readings.
The Lord instructed His Apostles to “Give them some food yourselves.”
I wasn’t there at the miracle, but that reminds me of the offertory procession at Mass when the gifts of the congregation are presented to the priest, who acts as Jesus when celebrating the Liturgy. This act symbolizes the offering of ourselves, which united to Jesus, will be offered to The Father. At some Masses, the bread and wine that will become the Body and Blood of Our Savior are also presented in the offertory procession. That sounds like the Apostles handing over the 5 loaves and 2 fish to Jesus, doesn’t it?
The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties.
People sitting in rows by hundreds and fifties? That’s funny, but this is starting to sound very familiar. Now it really reminds me of what happens at Mass. Could it be a coincidence or is there something more to this?
Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all.
That sounds almost exactly like something I heard at Mass this past Sunday during the consecration: Before he was given up to death, a death he freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks, He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take this, all of you, and eat it; this is my body which will be given up for you. (Eucharistic Prayer II)
They all ate and were satisfied.
When we receive Holy Communion we actually receive The Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The same Jesus who said, ”I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger” (Jn 6:35). At every Mass, we have to opportunity to eat and be satisfied.
I’m sure you all see the point that I’m trying to make.
The next time you attend Mass…Enjoy the miracle!