This Sunday in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we have the subject of nourishment in the scripture passages. As , Catholic Christians, we can always rely on the good and gracious Lord to sustain and nourish us all the days of our life.
The Lord, who gave every one of us the gift of life, always be with us as we journey through this life.
In the Gospel passage from Matthew 14, Our Lord performs his miraculous feeding of 5000.Moved with pity for the crowds in the deserted place and because it was evening, Our Lord gave the people food which satisfied their hunger.
All were able to partake of the miraculous food which came from five loaves of bread and two fish, and, remarkably, there were fragments leftover which were gathered and filled twelve baskets!
What is remarkable is the disciples’ reaction when Our Lord told them to give some food yourselves.
They saw things as they truly were; they saw that five loaves and two fish were all they had, and they knew it was- n’t enough food to feed the vast crowd.
But, the one thing they could not see was that Our Lord was setting up one of his greatest miracles, a miracle which showed his disciples and the multitude that he was the Messiah they all had been waiting for.
Our Lord’s miraculous feeding of the 5000 has strong Eucharistic overtones, and it prefigured what He would do in the Last Supper on the night before He died. It was on that Holy Thursday night when He instituted the Most Holy Eucharist.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples.
These words are similar to what He said at the Last Supper when He instituted the Eucharist. His words are uttered at every Mass by the bishop or priest during the Eucharistic Prayer.
The Eucharistic Prayer I (Roman Canon) has similar words to what is written in this Sunday’s Gospel: “He took bread in his holy and venerable hands, and with eyes raised to heaven, to you O God, His almighty Father, giving you thanks, He said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his disciples …” ( The Roman Missal, third edition 2011).
The Eucharist is indeed, our spiritual nourishment; Jesus fills our spiritual needs through the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Our Lord recognizes our needs, and that is why He left us his Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and through this “sign of the new and eternal covenant,” He gives us food for this journey that we call life.