December 6, 2017
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
for they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
I do not want to send them away hungry,
for fear they may collapse on the way.” (Matthew 15:29-37)
Today we hear the familiar story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Here is some “food” for thought:
Maybe we are the loaves of bread in the story. The bread that is being broken and passed among those who are hungry. The bread that provides nourishment to so many.
In the liturgical song Christ, Be Our Light, verse three reads: “Longing for food, many are hungry. Longing for water, many still thirst. Make us your bread, broken for others, shared until all are fed.”
Could it be that today’s Gospel is not a miracle story at all, but rather a job description for being a member of the Body of Christ?
We must feed others. In so doing, we serve as both Eucharist and Church.