Feast of Corpus Christi
The Gospel for today’s mass for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is Luke’s account of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. After the apostles suggested that he dismiss the crowds from that desert place to go get food,
Jesus said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.’ 14For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, ‘Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.’ 15They did so and made them all sit down. 16And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces (Lk 9:13-17).
It's in Your Hands...
The part I like best about Luke’s version is how he moves the miracle out of Jesus’ hands: “he gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.” The miracle happens in the hands of the apostles, these men who a moment ago were complaining that they had nothing but five loaves and two fish.
They had handed over to the Lord the little that they had and he blessed it and gave it right back saying “Now go feed people with what I’ve given you.” And that's when the miracles really takes off.
In troubled times when we’re afraid that we’re at the end of our strength and can’t do any more, the Lord asks us to give him the little that we have; he then blesses it and gives it right back to us to use, especially to use for helping others.
May this feast of our unity in Christ Jesus give us the courage to hand our weaknesses and faults to Jesus with the expectation of getting them back transformed!