People will stand in line for hours to see a blockbuster movie or to get into a sporting event. But would you risk your life to hear a sermon?
Imagine this scene of more than five thousand people in a deserted place. They had no food or shelter, yet they would not make the journey to the nearest town unless Jesus dismissed them. They were so happy to be with him, even if it meant going hungry for a day!
You can understand why the apostles were concerned and approached Jesus for help. You can understand the eager excitement of the people as they were spiritually and physically empty. On this feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, let’s remember the excitement of those hungry souls and the way that Jesus fed them. Most important, let’s savor that last little detail about the twelve baskets of bread that were left over. Jesus was perfectly capable of giving the people the exact amount of food that they needed, but he chose to give them far, far more. What a powerful image of Jesus’ abundant love and mercy! His Living Bread doesn’t just meet our needs; it overflows!
Today, recall the excitement of the crowd, and spend some time considering the overwhelming abundance of love that God is offering you through the Body and Blood of Christ. Know that any spiritual hunger can be filled abundantly through Christ.