When we do our part, God multiplies it beyond our imagination. Jesus feeds us from our offerings by taking what is our gift to Him and giving it to others. This week we explore the multiplying of the loaves and fishes, seeing how it is foretold in the 2 Kings and discussing Paul’s teaching on how to live like Jesus. Our activity this week is a Lord’s Day Celebration. A perfect way to prepare for Mass, and making mealtime so much more meaningful and drawing the family closer together.
Jesus Feeds Us From Our Offerings
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Catechesis At Home – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B
Jesus Feeds Us From Our Offerings
DISCUSSION – How Jesus Feeds Us
The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves appears in all four Gospels. This year, we are given a foreshadowing of the miracle from 2 Kings when Elisha, the prophet, feeds a large crowd and the LORD multiplies the barley loaves offered by an unnamed man. Similarly, in the Gospel, an unnamed boy offers his lunch of 2 fish and 5 barley loaves.
There are many times in the Old Testament that foreshadow or foretell of things that happen in the New Testament, particularly when it comes to Jesus and his miracles. One of the main themes we see from these miracles are how they point us to God’s providence – His generosity – in caring for all our needs. He feeds us physically by providing a world that we can hunt, gather, grow crops, raise livestock, and prepare these items for eating. He also feeds us spiritually by providing a relationship with Himself: through the covenants of the Old Testament and most especially in the New Covenant that Jesus Christ made with us at the Last Supper.
This miracle of feeding the crowds teaches us about the Eucharist. It gives us an idea of God’s love and compassion for us. He desires us to have eternal life – it is our purpose. Through the Eucharist, He gives us the nourishment we need to get there.
St. Paul urges us to live according to Jesus. The way to accomplish this is by worthy participation in the Sacraments. Baptism, the first Sacrament, brings us into the family of God. Eucharist is the food for the journey, it helps us to live the peace and unity that St. Paul talks about. Remember that at Mass we offer the bread and wine, make peace with each other, and share in Holy Communion. It is not a coincidence that we do these things in our worship. When we look at the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, the Last Supper, and our Mass, we can see parallels and connections. All of it is so we can get to heaven.
So, this week, take a look at what we do and say at Mass and see the connections.
ACTIVITY – Jesus Feeds Us – Helping Him Do That
Share with your family what you offer to God for Him to multiply in your life. What can you offer at Mass besides money? (You can offer yourself, in a prayer as the bread and wine are brought to the altar, tell God that you want to give yourself to Him; you can offer prayers and petitions specifically for others. As an example, everyone at Holy Owned and Operated and our organization itself offers you and your needs at each Mass at this time.) He will take that offering and multiply it. How does the gifts He gives make it possible for you to give to others? How does the nourishment He gives through the Eucharist give you strength for your life? Does it make a difference when you have not been able to receive Communion and when you have? Think about why it did or did not make a difference. How can you allow Jesus to make a difference in your life? In what ways can you incorporate your spiritual life into your physical life?
A great way to do this is through a “Lord’s Day Celebration”. We encourage you to do this with your family. It may be strange the first time or two you do it, if you are not in a habit of eating meals together or celebrating rituals together. Jesus feeds us in many ways – allow Him the opportunity to feed you and use you to feed your family.
Jesus feeds us in many ways – share how He feeds you, to help others see Him in their loves.
by Beth Cowles, MACE
HOO™ Co-Founder and Director of Faith Formation | Lead Catechist
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