This Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate the ‘source and summit’ of our faith. The readings from Genesis, First Corinthians and the Gospel of Luke speak about our dear Lord’s blessing, succor and abundance. How often God reminds us that conflicts, betrayals and inequalities are not the last word! The Secular Franciscan Rule of Life embraces conversion as a daily reality, lest my “human frailty” turn me away from the “thoughts and deeds…of Christ…” In my human frailty, I concentrate on self-interest and engage in self-protective strategies. I raise my struggles to the level of idols that command my undivided attention. Within our dear Lord’s risen life of blessing, my struggles are actually gateways into God’s superabundance. In the face of limitation, Luke recounts Jesus “taking the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied.” For further reflection on “Feeding the Five Thousand” – the only miracle by Jesus chronicled in each of the four Gospels – we offer this animated and musical retelling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC3FLqDgWRE . Please call Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895) for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups.
(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)