Food for the journey by Fr Jerry Orbos SVD

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Sunday Moments, Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

The story is told about a wife who told her husband that she wanted to donate her old clothes to charity to somehow help the poor, the needy and the starving. The husband jokingly said: “The poor and the needy, yes, but the starving? None of them would fit in your clothes!” Last heard that the husband is still recuperating from a head injury.

Today is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. We are reminded that as we need food for our bodies, we also need food for our souls. We all need spiritual food, otherwise, our souls will die of malnutrition and starvation.

In today’s Gospel (Lk. 9, 11b-17), Jesus ordered His disciples “Give them some food yourselves” before He performed the miracle of the loaves and the fish. God wants us to do our part. We must learn to operate and cooperate with God’s grace. Never God alone, nor me alone, but me and God, together, always, and forever.

How do blessings multiply? By sharing them to and with others. Because of the generosity of the owner of the five loaves and two fish, a multitude of about five thousand people was fed. May God give us the grace of sincere generosity and kindness.

If only we learned to share, no one will have so little, and no one will have too much. We still have much to learn about sharing and letting go. Greed is the single biggest obstacle to love, peace and unity. Careful. The evil one knows how to use greed to destroy our relationships and our very souls.

Remember how they catch monkeys in India? The monkey is trapped when it puts its hand into the little hole in the coconut shell, and would not let go of the food inside with its closed fist. If only it would open its fist and let go, then it is free.

By the way, there are devotees of the Eucharist and end up just that. Our love of the Eucharist must bear fruit in our daily lives. And so it is that there are Mass goers who continue to be proud, arrogant, irritable, selfish, and hurt other people in thought, words and deeds. May we all become living Eucharists.

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