A satisfying meal in alonely place”.[1] A miracle which was an answer to a need of the Lord’s congregation.He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves he handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds.[2]

This miracle of the loaves and two fishes that fed the hungry crowd was but a “foreshadowing of that heavenly food[3] that the Lord gives us in Holy Communion. The way Jesus performs this miracle is that he takes the loaves and fish, blesses and breaks them and gives them to the disciples to distribute them. These actions of Jesus “foreshadow those of the Last Supper.[4]

They all ate as much as they wanted.[5] They all ate and had their fill. We are called to have our fill by receiving the Lord Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity each time we partake in the Holy Mass.

The Galileans were grateful to Him for providing so kindly and so thoughtfully for their needs. How much more grateful should we not be for the miracle by means of which He has left us Himself to be our daily spiritual food”?[6]

Let each one of us hunger for the Bread of Life. We shall be not only filled but on our way to being completely fulfilled in the Heavenly Banquet of eternal life.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Mt. 14:15

[2] Mt. 14:19

[3] https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-08-02

[4] See Mt. 26:26, Ibid.

[5] Mt.14:20

[6] https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-08-02