So he welcomed them, and began speaking about the kingdom of God, curing those who needed healing.
The day was drawing to a close, and the Twelve drew near to tell him, “Send the crowd away, and let them go into the villages and farms around, to ﬁnd lodging and food, for we are here in a lonely place.” But Jesus replied, “You, yourselves, give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only ﬁve loaves and two ﬁsh. Do you want us to go and buy food for all this crowd?” for there were about ﬁve thousand men. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of ﬁfty.”
So they made all of them sit down. Jesus then took the ﬁve loaves and two ﬁsh, and, raising his eyes to heaven, pronounced a blessing over them; he broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the crowd. They ate and everyone had enough; and when they gathered up what was left, twelve baskets were ﬁlled with broken pieces.
READ: This is my body which is broken for you… This is the new Covenant in my blood.
REFLECT: When we eat food, we transform it into our own substance. But, when we eat Christ in the Eucharist, he transforms us into Christ-like people—if we only let him.
PRAY: The living presence of Christ in our midst is our greatest treasure. Let us thank him for the gift of the Eucharist.
ACT: Let us receive Holy Communion today with a special fervor and thankfulness for such a gift.
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