Sunday, July 30, 2006

5 + 2 = 5 Thousand were Fed

When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,"This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world." John 6:14

Jesus is the Bread of Life as we are to find out in today's reading. One thing I always notice when I read this particular Gospel, is the fact that when Jesus took the loaves he gave thanks. Some might begin to wonder who did he thank. The one's who gave him the loaves, he thanked. As is a courtesy for receiving something.

Jesus looked to heaven and thanked his Father for the loaves and fishes. What a lesson he has taught, to always give thanks for all that we receive, no matter whom it is from. Be it from a parent, friend or stranger thanking them for anything that is done for us is a blessing.

Today we do not often hear the words "Thank you," they have all but disappeared from our lips. It is not just polite, or a way of manners, it was shown to us from Jesus to be thankful to God for all we have.

Today it is also made note of the fact that the people saw the sign he did, to proclaim him the one who is to come into the world. Multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5 thousand. That's a major miracle, and one of the ways he begins to show us how he will be with us always. He shows us the first communion among men, where all partake. Our Mass is in imitation of this. Where we pray, listen to the Word of God, and partake of the living miracle of the loaves and fishes.

We not only have this on a daily basis to remember this, but we are given His very life in the Bread we eat. Now that is a miracle.

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