Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
He said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me,”
and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples,
who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up the fragments left over–
twelve wicker baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men,
not counting women and children. MT 14:13-21
Jesus teaches us today that He cannot be outdone in generosity. The feeding of the 5,000 is a foreshadowing of the Eucharist. Today, Jesus continues to sacrifice by staying hidden behind consecrated bread and wine so that we may be fed and transformed by Him. Priests look up to heaven, say the blessing Jesus gave us at the Last Supper, and give the Eucharist to each of us that are in the state of grace. When you eat, are you satisfied? Do you long for the Eucharist to the point you want to receive Him daily? I would say personally, no. At least not all of the time. In reflection, I would say the things that have helped me to desire holiness and the Eucharist the most is educating myself on the Eucharist, a ton of prayer, and coming to know Christ in the Scriptures. We cannot worship something we do not know. Vinney Flynn’s book “7 Secrets of the Eucharist” and “Jesus, Our Eucharist Love” are my two favorites that I read and teach from every year.
When we read this story we are familiar with it. I think we forget how powerful and generous God is. Oh, just another miracle among many. How powerful are we really in the midst of everything? How much do we want to control everything? God is the most powerful, submit your will to Him and allow HIm to take over. Allow God to feed you, seek and desire holiness. He is living with us right here right now. We can go to Him anytime in Adoration, prayer, and daily Mass. Why would God be so humble? Love. We are loved more than we will ever know in this place until we reach Him.
Today’s challenge: Take some time to really reflect on your belief in the Eucharist. It is the “source and the summit of the Christian life” Catechism of the Catholic Church. Is it the source and summit of your life? What do you need to do to change that?
Be a servant, become a saint! #Christian YOLO