July 29, 2018

From scarcity to abundance. God does not want to work alone, our input and assistance is needed. Our talents and gifts of education, our words and actions, our hands and feet, and our physical and spiritual energy are meant to assist God in the salvation of planet Earth.

How good to feel needed, especially by God! The multiplication story is recorded in the four gospels to emphasize how closely God wishes to “walk with us on the journey of life”, how protectively God wishes to make sure that our bodies have enough to eat, and our souls remain nourished with His Spirit of largesse and selflessness. The gospel tells us that Jesus “already knew what he was going to do.” Philip said: impossible, no money. Andrew said to the boy who unselfishly offered his small lunch of five barley loaves and two fish: not enough. Jesus said: it is enough.

Jesus did not want to work alone then on that mountainside, nor today. He needed the small but willing contribution of the generous boy. By “taking, blessing, breaking and sharing,” Jesus prefigured the future Eucharist which would assure his Real Presence with us sacramentally, and feed our souls with spiritually energizing food.

With hunger stalking the world we presently live in, the abundance of “12 baskets of leftovers,” symbolizes our responsibility as individuals, as parish community, as diocese, to gather and distribute generously the necessities of life to the needy around us.

Are we not meant to “be Eucharist” to a hungry world, as Jesus is Eucharist to us?


The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due season;
you open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

(From today Psalm)


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Roger Bourgeois, SSS