After a big dinner, it’s not unusual to have food left over. Leftovers after a meal are carefully stored so that they may be consumed before spoiling. Since wasting food is a sin, an earnest effort must be made to leave no leftovers behind.
The Lord, too, desires to provide food for our us on earth. After all, He saw to it to feed over 5000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. This was more than enough for the Lord to feed the multitudes. He even had bread left over!
Did the Lord ask for the remaining bread to be thrown away or consumed by the birds? No, He had the disciples gather the leftover bread, so that not even a crumb was left behind. After all, the bread that was collected had been blessed by Jesus.
We are Catholic. In the same way as the feeding of the multitudes, the bread blessed by the Lord during Mass is the Eucharist. This heavenly Bread must be consumed and collected, leaving not a single crumb behind, as every particle contains the full Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Once consecrated by the priest during holy Mass, the Bread truly is Jesus veiled in the Sacred Host.
Ponder: Do you make every effort to participate in the Eucharist each week and more often if you are able?
Reflect: Mt. 14:13-21
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for providing us with the Bread of Life for our earthly journey.
This post was written by Suzy Kelly