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       If this Sunday does not scream Eucharist I don't know what does.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.  They all ate and were satisfied  


Clearly Jesus is 1: blessing what he is giving to others, 2: passing this blessed food to ministers who will pass it on to the hungry, 3 those who receive it are fed.  

This Sunday's readings are filled with images of satisfying the physical, emotional and spiritual hunger that we all face.  The first reading speaks of coming to God for all our needs and not having to fear that there is some hidden price for doing so.  We are assured that God will give us all we need, all we have to do is show up.  

The second reading reassures us that God has a our back: What will separate us from the love of Christ?  We may face a life full of peril but we can always rely on God to be our steadfast comfort and protector.  
But why is this reading put in here;  there is only the mention of famine, because we have more hunger in our lives than just the physical.  What harms the soul more is the idea that no one has their back.  That they are out in the cold cruel world with no-one who cares for them, or protects them, or cherishes them.  This reading speaks more to spiritual nourishment.

Finally the Gospel puts this altogether with the feeding of the five thousand.  Jesus blesses the food, gives it to the Apostles to distributes and receives back what is left over.  

We are given, we are nourished, and clearly we give back.

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