St. Eusebius of Vercelli; St. Peter Julian Eymard
Numbers 11: 4-15. Sing with joy to God our help – Ps 80 (81): 12-17. Matthew 14: 13-21.
Feeding the five thousand
Feeding his people in the wilderness is too great a burden for Moses, but not for Jesus. Again he takes care of her. Moses, great as he was, could only ask the Lord for help in keeping the people. Jesus, however, takes care of them himself in a profound statement of his divinity and directly exercises the power that belongs to God. Jesus sees the plight of the multitude who have sought him and heals and nourishes them. The key is that he feeds them not just to demonstrate his power, but so that they can stay with him. Today Jesus heals and nourishes us not only with outward healings and bread, but with his Self, taken, blessed, broken and given wherever people gather to seek him. Ultimately, his goal is the same as on the lake shore, Jesus gives us the Eucharist so that we can stay with him.
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