The miracle in Sunday’s Gospel reveals the extraordinary resources of life within each of us.”
This past week the 2019 St. Ann by the Sea Vacation Bible School took place here in our parish hall. The theme of this year’s school was “Miracles and Mission,” and the children learned about many of Jesus’ miracles and how they had changed those people who were present to witness them.
We had special guests each day who made presentations to the children, including our own Digital Media Director, Mr. Brett D’Alelio and Naturalist Sally Avery from the Mass Audubon Society Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary here in Marshfield. All the lessons of the week were centered on John’s Gospel of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, which mirrored the theme of the bible school.
In speaking with the children, Father Carmichael stressed the importance of this Gospel in a special way. He said that if it was not for the apostles’ assistance as stated in the gospel, the thousands of people would not have been fed. Although it was God who performed the miracle, He needed His disciples to carry out the charitable action. In Pope John Paul II’s 1998 Apostolic Letter “Dies Domini” – “On Keeping the Lord’s Day” (#71) these words illustrate what lies at the heart of the miracle of the loaves and fishes and challenges each of us about our duties to truly put the Eucharist into practice in daily life:
He who said: ‘This is my body’ is the same One who said:, “You saw Me hungry and you gave Me no food’, and, ‘”Whatever you did to the least of My brothers you did also to Me.”
These words effectively remind the Christian community of the duty to make the Eucharist the place where fraternity becomes practical solidarity, where the last are the first in the minds and attentions of the brethren, where Christ Himself – through the generous gifts from the rich to the very poor – may somehow prolong in time the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves.
What does Jesus’ Eucharistic presence mean for us? Does our participation in the weekly and daily celebrations of the Lord’s meal transform us into people of gratitude, loving kindness, justice and charity? The miracle in Sunday’s Gospel reveals the extraordinary resources of life within each of us. In order to sustain our hopes, we must believe in miracles. We must partake of the Body and Blood of the Lord for our real energy and life, while sharing the good news of the Gospel and our deepened faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Please join us for Adoration every Friday until 3pm and every Saturday morning from 8am-9am in the Chapel.