Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Mark 8:1-10
As empty nesters now, meals look a whole lot different and my cooking is in much smaller portions. Nothing like when all the kids were home. I remember when our son was a teenager, boy could he put away the food, and the milk! One day, while he was refilling his iced tea glass for the 3rd time, I heard my husband say, "The next one is water,” as his sisters looked on. Our budget was tight in those days, but still, everyone ate and drank and had what they needed. We were truly blessed.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is shown having deep concern for His followers. He just knew that they would collapse without food soon and He cared for them to the point that He wanted to feed them. And so, He miraculously did, feeding all 4,000 plus with leftovers to boot!
Today, the Church continues to feed us. In the Eucharist, she is feeding the thousands each Sunday, if not every day, during daily Mass. The Church continues Jesus’ mission to feed the flock, the many who without it would for sure spiritually collapse. At the beginning of the 2020 pandemic, we were denied Mass and much worse, the Eucharist, for weeks. It was like living in a desert, yes, I had plenty of food in the kitchen, a home and all the necessities of modern-day life…. with a bit less toilet paper... Knowing that I did not have the sacrament of holy Communion left me empty and after a few weeks, in despair. When I finally did receive, I cried in sheer joy and relief. What a blessing to miss it so bad and to finally receive it again and appreciate the gift!
Have you ever had to go without the Eucharist for a length of time? How did you feel? Did you pray the spiritual communion prayer? Did that help?
Dear Jesus, thank You so much for Your sacrifice and love in feeding us! Help me to always appreciate Your passion and death that gave me the holy Eucharist to feed my soul. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Ebeth Weidner
About the Author
Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young adults people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.