In our Gospel story this weekend we hear the story of the feeding of the five thousand. The readings and the feast itself are full of richness. Jesus fills us with nourishing food, We are sent out to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom to all around us, in doing this we provide food for others. Like the circulation system of a body, the Word and the Eucharist continue to live in our communities and in the world. The Eucharist or the Bread of life is the sacrament of thanksgiving and spiritual journeying. When we see the Eucharistic Bread, we believe that it is Jesus who is there before us such is our faith in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Church tells us that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (CCC 1324) At the Eucharist God sees our hunger and feeds us through Word and Sacrament. We offer our prayer of thanksgiving. Remember, the crowd was first taught, healed and then fed. Their hungers were both spiritual and physical. Now it is our turn, well-nourished disciples, to find ways to address the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry we have noticed along the way. These needs can seem overwhelming. But, as with the bread and fish in the gospel story we take what the Lord has given us and give it freely to others. He will do the rest and all will be satisfied. The meal is also a promise: one day we will sit at the banquet feast where there will be no more hunger, no more illness and our satisfaction in God will be complete. Corpus Christi is the solemn commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist on the first Holy Thursday in the upper room. It is the Church’s act of homage and thanksgiving to Christ, who by instituting the Holy Eucharist gave us the members of the Church our greatest treasure.