Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Genesis 3:9-24, Psalm 90:2, 3-4, 5-6, 12-13, & Mark 8:1-10
President Woodrow Wilson once said, "No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach."
The Miracle of the Bread and Fish by Giovanni Lanfranco. circa 1620-1623.
Today's Gospel narrative brings us the familiar story of Jesus feeding the multitude of people (about four-thousand) by blessing and distributing seven loaves of bread and a few fish. He feeds them because they were with Him for three days and were hungry.
For the Jews, the use of the sacred numbers of three and seven suggests the manifestation of God. For example, the number three recalls that three-year-old animals are slaughtered and offered to God when Abraham entered a covenant with Him. The number seven symbolizes fullness, completeness, or total. It recalls that after God created the world in six days and on the seventh day, He rested. The seventh day became the Sabbath Day.
The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish symbolizes the Holy Eucharist. It foreshadows the giving of Jesus of Himself in the Eucharist, which is what Saint Mark wants to relay to us today. The Holy Eucharist represents the fullness or completeness of God's manifestation to His people in the Eucharist. Jesus satisfies our hunger for God through His Word and His Body and Blood in the Eucharist. When we receive Him in the Eucharist, He becomes one with us and part of us.
Question of the Day: Do you believe that the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus is contained in the Holy Eucharist?
Prayer: "One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Alleluia, alleluia."