Today’s Gospel reading gives us the story of the feeding of the four thousand: ‘He took the seven loaves, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish; and having blessed them, he commanded that these also should be set before them. And they ate, and were satisfied; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full’.

The reference to the fourfold Eucharistic action is clear: He took, He gave thanks (blessed), He broke, He gave … and, as with the feeding of the five thousand, there was an abundance left over. And all were satisfied.

May we go ever deeper into the meaning of the Holy Eucharist: to adore, to share in the offering of Christ for the world, to intercede. May God bless you in this and in all that you bring to Him this day.