Friends, we come now to the marvelous Feast of Corpus Christi, of the Body and Blood of Christ. What has been on my mind a lot recently is the famous story of the feeding of the five thousand—the only miracle, with the exception of the Resurrection, recounted in all four Gospels. Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes to the feeding of this great crowd must have made a massive impression on the first Christians. With this feast in mind, let’s look at the earliest version of this story in the Gospel of Mark, because every part of it is worthy of meditation.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Psalm – Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Reading 2 – 1 Cor 10:16-17
Gospel – Jn 6:51-58