Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time ‘a’
Today we witness the miracle of the multiplication of bread and fish. Jesus feeds about four thousand people. “He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also.” What caught my attention is the fact that before eating Jesus gave thanks and said the blessing over the food. This teaches us that we should always be thankful for the food on our table, and it is a Christian tradition to pray before a meal, to give thanks, and to ask God to bless our food. However, I think today about that bread from heaven that we receive in church, the Holy Eucharist, the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Am I thankful for it? Do I thank God for feeding me with this Holy Sacrament? Jesus teaches us today to be thankful for the food we have, but are you thankful for the Body of Christ? Do you say thanks to God for the privilege of receiving Him?