Vol: 41, No.43 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( A) August 03 2014  

look to you to give them their food in due season” (Ps 104:24-27).
In feeding a crowd of hungry people Jesus was only manifesting the care and concern God has for His people, especially the poor. But does the episode have the sole intention of showing Jesus as wonder-worker who multiplied bread and fed the people? Had not he thwarted the plan of the evil spirit in the wilderness when he was tempted to turn stone into bread to satisfy his hunger? We should be able to see in the event of the multiplication of loaves more than what our eyes tell us. More astounding than Jesus’ feeding of the crowds with a few pieces of bread and fish is Jesus’ transforming the crowd into a community, a people united in their need for one another, in the word they heard, in the bread they shared and in the love of him who has brought them together. In being hungry all those present on the scene have shed their differences and have become ‘poor’ in their state of dependence and want. In a believing community each is enabled to forget his or her personal needs and show concern for others. Those who shared the food given by Jesus on that evening went back as a caring community of believers. Today Christ

empowers each one of us to perform our own miracles of creating community when we welcome the rejected and the forgotten to our tables, when we give of what little we have, joyfully and gratefully, for the sake of others, when we welcome one another as we would welcome Jesus.
St John’s narrative of the multiplication provides a deeper meaning of the event – the feeding of the multitude foreshadows the spiritual feeding that will take place through the Eucharistic bread. With the feeding of the five thousand Jesus tells us that he will always provide for his faithful people. But we need to put in our share. In the Eucharist we bring the bread and wine, the work of our hands. Through the invocation of the Spirit and the Word of God, this offering is transformed into Bread of Life and the Cup of eternal salvation.  We offer to the Lord the work of our hands, and with this he not only feeds us but empowers us to feed the whole world. Having heard his word and received the Eucharistic bread let us return home with the same feeling of elation and satisfaction of those people who heard Jesus and ate his bread two thousand years ago.
– Fr Simon Kaipuram, C.M.
“The miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes involved a lot more than giving food to people. It was an expression of the care and love of God for His people. The food is a symbol of the life God wants us to have – life here on earth, and eternal life in the hereafter.
“The miracle recalled the Old Testament story of manna in the desert. It shows us Jesus as the new Moses who feeds his people in the desert. It is an anticipation of the table of the Eucharist where Jesus nourished the early Christians and nourishes us now. In the Eucharist we taste the love of God. The proof that we have experienced that love will be our willingness to love others.”

– Flor McCarthy, SDB
August 2014 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 2
04 Mon (W) St John Mary Vianney,Jer 28:1-17/Ps 119: 14:22-36
05 Tue (W) Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome
Jer 30:1-2.12-15.18-22/Ps 102:16-18.19-21.29 and 22-23/Mt 15:1-2.10-14
Dan 7:9-10.13-14/Ps 97:1-2.5-6.9/2 Pt 1:16-19/Mt 17:1-9
07 Thu


Jer 31:31-34/Ps 51:12-13.14-15.18-19/Mt 16:13-23
08 Fri (W) St Dominic, Nahum 2:1.3;3:1-3.6-7/Dt 32:35cd-36ab.39abcd.41/Mt 16:24-28
09 Sat (W) St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Habakkuk 1:12–2:4/Ps 9:8-9.10-11.12-13/Mt 17:14-20
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