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<< Friday, April 28, 2006 >> St. Peter Chanel
St. Louis Mary de Montfort

Acts 5:34-42
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Psalm 27 John 6:1-15
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"There is a lad here who has five barley loaves..." —John 6:9

Jesus' miracle of multiplying the loaves to feed the thousands is recorded in all four Gospels. John's Gospel adds the detail that the bread multiplied by Jesus to feed thousands consisted of barley loaves. This detail is pregnant with meaning, such as:

  • Barley was the grain of the poor, and Jesus used their food to perform a miracle. The offerings of the poor are important to Jesus. Jesus identifies with the poor (2 Cor 8:9).
  • The matzo eaten during the Jewish Passover seder meal is sometimes referred to by the Jewish worshippers as the "poor bread of Pesach." At Passover, the Hebrews recall their liberation from the slavery and poverty of Egypt. In the Eucharist, a word meaning "thanksgiving," we thank Jesus for freeing us from slavery to sin.
  • All who receive the Eucharist are poor in comparison to Almighty God. We are to receive the Eucharist humbly and gratefully, in poverty of spirit (see Mt 5:3).
  • No offering is too insignificant for Jesus to use miraculously (see Mk 12:42-44).
  • Jesus had the apostles gather up twelve baskets of fragments of barley loaves left over "so that nothing will go to waste" (Jn 6:12-13). Nothing is wasted or without purpose in His kingdom. He cares for everything.

God's Word and the Eucharist (the two parts of the Mass) have inexhaustible levels of meaning. Every detail of the Bible and the Eucharist is vitally important. Center your life around the Mass.

Prayer: Father, like St. Martha, may I care about Your details.
Promise: "Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord." —Ps 27:14
Praise: St. Louis has led many to consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary, His mother.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2006 through May 31, 2006.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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