Friday, April 20, 2007

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
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.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

John 6:1-15


Dear Father thank you for your son Jesus and the miracle of the loaves and fishes. It is one of the early breaking of the breads to feed us, a precursor to the Eucharist where he nourishes our souls as well as our bodies. May our encounter with your son given us in the Eucharist bring us ever closer to you. Impossible as it seems to feed so very many, yet Jesus does and when we believe with faith and love we will see too in our lives the miracle given us, life. Let us nourish our hearts with the manna from heaven to restore us, heart, mind, body, and soul. Amen

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