Saturday, February 14, 2015

Feria on the Saturday

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

Genesis 3:9-24
 Psalm 90:2, 3-4abc, 5-6, 12-13
 Mark 8:1-10

Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them . . . ?

 These words, which the apostles speak in today's gospel, certainly raised a logical question. After all, there were several thousand people!

 Only God could have taken a few loaves of bread and turned them into enough to satisfy such a huge crowd. And that is exactly what happened.

 Just as Jesus took pity on the famished people described in this gospel, today He takes pity on all of us. We would collapse of spiritual hunger, were it not for the Eucharist. At every Mass, when the priest consecrates the bread and wine, Jesus comes to us, to once again satisfy our hunger as only He can.

 In today's difficult world, we sorely need spiritual sustenance. And to provide us strength for our daily journey in life, Jesus gives us His own Body and Blood. What a wonderful sacrament! And what an infinite love God has for us, to give us such perfect spiritual food!

O Lord,
 let me take advantage of receiving You in Holy Communion as often as I can, to sustain my spiritual life. You feed me not only with Your word in Scripture, but also with Your very Self -- Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity -- in the Holy Eucharist. Thank You, Lord, for such spiritual food! And thank You, Lord, for Your infinite love! Amen.

 Father Ed Bakker, 
 Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province 
 Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne 
 Bendigo, Australia