Matthew recounts in his Gospel thousands gathering around Jesus to here him preach and receive healing (Mt 14). But a dilemma arises: How to feed all these people? The disciples are skeptical, pointing out that together they have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus uses the occasion to work a miracle of multiplication and uses his disciples to feed those gathered. This miracle is a foreshadowing of the nourishment received in the celebration of the Eucharist, but the disciple knows that he or she plays a role in making Christ's presence known in the world after having received him in his Body and Blood. But how practically is this to be done? Through a double process of receiving and giving: first recognizing one's own gifts from God, offering them back to him in return, then receiving these gifts back elevated for service of others. What gifts has God given you for the nourishing the world today?
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on August 2, 2020, 18th Sunday of OT