Daily Readings & Reflections

April 12, 2024 –Friday of the Second Week of Easter 

Given that good scripture is good drama, today we are present at the opening act of the sixth chapter of John: People have come from near and far to hear Jesus. It is after lunchtime, and Jesus poses the question to his disciples- “How are we going to feed this crowd?” All that the disciples can muster up are a couple of fish and 5 loaves of bread, and that food belonged to a boy in the crowd.

The crowd of 5,000 men and their wives and children sit in the grass. Jesus says the blessing – most likely the usual blessing – “Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz.” 

Translated we read: Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has brought forth bread from the earth. –

which we render at every Mass: “Blessed are you, lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.”

Deacon Tom

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