LUKE 9, 11 – 17
11 Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing.
12 It was late afternoon when the Twelve came up to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’
13 He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’
14 For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’
15 They did so and made them all sit down.
16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd.
17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps left over were collected they filled twelve baskets.
The narrative depicts Jesus performing a miracle in eucharistic language as he took … blessed … broke … and handed the bread and the fish to his disciples to feed the crowd (G, Alleluia).
With St Paul we have also “received” and are to “hand on” this tradition of Jesus’ self-sacficing life to others, in anticipation of the eternal banquet at the endtime in God’s kingdom (2, Alleluia).
Reginald H. Fuller and Daniel Westberg, Preaching the Lectionary: The Word of God for the Church Today (Rev Ed). Liturgical Press 1984.
Bruce J Malina and Richard L Rohrbaugh, Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels. Fortress Press 2003.
The New Jerusalem Bible [NJB]. DLT & Doubleday & Co, 1985.
Gather Us In
PRESENTATION & PREPARATION OF GIFTS
Taste and See — Psalm 34
James E Moore
Bread For The World
Like St Paul (2) and Melchizedek (1, P) the prototype priest-king, how is my active and conscious participation in the celebration of the eucharist leading me to “pass on” what I have “received” from the Lord in the Eucharist, as:
- a priestly member of Christ’s body, bringing God’s blessings of Christ’s sacrifice to others, and
- a kingly people, acting in self-sacrificing love for the life of others and of God’s creation?