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Daily Mass: God feeds us, body and soul. Catholic Inspiration

Anyone who loves cooking knows the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread.  Our bodies require daily nourishment to thrive, and we rely on spiritual food for our relationship with the Lord.  Jesus offers both in John’s account today of the miracle of the fish and loaves.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Little things make big differences. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord warns the disciples about the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod, and he reminds them of the multiplication of the loaves to feed thousands.  It’s a good insight that both good and bad things start small, and like leaven in dough, they can make big differences.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The leaven of God’s grace. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of the Year (Sts. Cyril & Methodius)

Jesus recalls how a little yeast can transform dough – making it grow larger into something new.  In our spiritual lives this process can work for both good or evil, and we are invited today to embrace God’s grace into our hearts, changing us into daughters and sons of God.

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Daily Mass: Christ cures and feeds us! Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter

Daily Mass Readings

Some 1st graders from Cathedral School share their thoughts on the Gospel reading today!

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17th Sunday of the Year – Gratitude & Petition at the Lord’s Table – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 17th Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

Our daily need for nourishment reminds us of our basic dependence on wholesome food.  What’s more, we recognize that we depend upon the Lord for spiritual grace as well.  As we ponder the multiplication miracle in today’s Gospel, I suggest that we draw near to the Lord with Gratitude and Petition – responding in love to the one who knows our needs and longs to provide the sustenance we require.


17th Sunday of the Year – Hungry? Come and Eat!

Loaves and Fish

Study:  Recall a time when you experienced real hunger.  What was it like?

Pray:  What are you hungry for in your spiritual life?  Ask the Lord to feed your soul.

Serve:  Consider helping out a food pantry or location that serves meals to those in need.  How can you help alleviate hunger around the world?

17th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

The word hunger means many things to different groups of people:

  • You have the “munchies” and want to graze on snack foods
  • You hanker for something…but you are not sure what it is
  • Your stomach is growling and you want to eat
  • Your blood sugar is dropping and you know you need to eat
  • You have missed a couple of meals and you are ravenous
  • You have not eaten in days…and you understand starvation

At it’s most basic level, hunger means that we recognize our need for food to keep our bodies going.  While most of us have no awareness of famine, we all have the daily experience of the need to eat.  Food is necessary for life, and the quality of the food we eat enhances (or detracts) from the quality of our lives.

The same concept applies to our spiritual lives as well.  We certainly need a level of physical health to sustain our spiritual lives, but we also require spiritual sustenance to strengthen our souls and renew our hearts.

Jesus knew this.  The people coming to him were hungry – body and soul – and his teaching, feeding, and Eucharist sustained them.  What’s more, every time we come to the altar we participate in the banquet of his grace.  We continue to receive – Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity – the spiritual food we need to flourish.

Practically, when we come to the table may we pray with grateful hearts for the blessing of nutritious food; when we come to the altar may we pray with grateful hearts for the blessing of Christ.  In both cases, the hand of the Lord feeds us, he answers all our needs.

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The Miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes, Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti);  ca 1545-1550, oil on canvas, 61 x 160 1/2 inches,  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.