May 29, 2016 - The Body and Blood of Christ, Year C
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
It was a deserted place, an isolated place, a lonely place. And the people were hungry in this lonely place.
Jesus’ disciples want to send them away. Let them fend for themselves. Jesus has something else in mind.
Jesus wants to organize a dinner in this lonely place, so that the people are not hungry anymore.
There was food available, an absurdly small amount for five thousand. Can you imagine feeding five thousand with five loaves and two fish? Absurd.
The food that was available in this lonely deserted place was blessed by Jesus, then broken and shared. And amazingly enough no one went hungry.
Why? Because Jesus Christ is the eternal high priest who cares deeply for his flock.
This lonely place is transformed into an amazing feast because there is plenty for all.
This is not the only example of God feeding his people.
Melchizedek blesses and feeds Abram. Moses feeds the people in the desert with manna from heaven. Elijah feeds himself and the widow and her son during years of famine.
Jesus blesses and feeds the crowds. This shows that God is concerned for the needs of his people. We are God’s constant care. God desires to set a banquet before us.
Every time we gather for Mass we are guests of the Lord Jesus who blesses and breaks and shares himself for us, so that we are not hungry, so that we are not lonely. What is blessed is also broken and shared.
What Jesus has done is an act of charity. But remember, at first, Jesus wanted the disciples to do this. You give them something to eat. But they needed Jesus to set the example. And he did. For them and for us.
Jesus blesses us in our brokenness and calls us to share. We are blessed by the Lord. And that’s a good feeling, to receive the Lord’s blessing here in this place. But let’s face it. We know that we are also broken.
Having been blessed and broken, we are called to share ourselves with others, people who are sick and old, bringing encouragement and a smile.
We are called to share ourselves with people who are caught in the world of drug addiction, bringing God’s healing touch.
We are called to share ourselves with those who are less fortunate, bringing kindness to uplift a drooping spirit.
We are called to share ourselves with those who have suffered tragedy, bringing badly needed help.
We are called to share ourselves with those who are hurt and angry, bringing peace.
We are called to share ourselves with those who are suffering and lonely, bringing God’s presence
We are called to share ourselves with those who are lost, helping them find their way again.
This is a lonely place, we say. Jesus replies, give them some of yourselves and it will not be a lonely place anymore.