Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time ‘c’
It saddens me when some people choose not to go to mass. It saddens me because during the one hour or so for mass, there are tremendous things happening. Things that happened over 2000 years ago, when Jesus multiplied the loaves of bread and fed that hungry crowd. We read in the Gospel today that the crowds followed Him on foot from their towns. Then they sat down and listen to Him talk. Then instead of sending them away, Jesus performed a miracle by multiplying the food and feeding all of them. “Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.” And in the end, Jesus asked them to pick up the leftovers. When you come to mass, you too are spending time with Jesus, listening to Him talk to us, then He feeds us with the Eucharist and at the end of communion we collect the Holy Bread and put into the tabernacle. Jesus invites all of us to be with Him, to listen to Him, and to feed on His Body and Blood. Sadly, not all of us take advantage of that moment that is offered to us even daily.