Together with Christ, we are invincible

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On Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, celebrated Thursday in most of the world and this Sunday in the United States, Jesus Christ doesn’t just tell us that we are blessed and strong.

He shows us.

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Jesus shows the disciples that they can do nothing alone. But with him, they can do amazing things.

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus starts out showing and not just telling.

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When crowds gathered around him in a deserted spot, he “spoke to the crowd about the kingdom of God,” but also showed them: “he healed those who needed to be cured.”

But then he wants to show them — and his Apostles — even more. At suppertime, the Apostles want to send the crowds away to eat. Jesus wants them to stay. They can’t imagine how they could possibly feed everybody with just five loaves and two fish.

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Jesus takes over. He has the apostles seat the crowd in groups of 50, then he blesses the bread and breaks it, and passes it to the disciples who bring it to each group.

You can picture the scene: The disciples keep coming back to Jesus and finding more and more food which they keep bringing out to the crowds.

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The lesson is clear: Left to themselves, the Apostles can barely feed themselves. Working together, and returning to Jesus again and again, they can feed the multitudes.

“They all ate and were satisfied,” says the Gospel. “And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.”

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Jesus did the same thing with wheat and grapes.

This is exactly what happens in the Eucharist, which, significantly, is made up of bread and wine.

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The importance of bread and wine in the Bible reach back long before the Eucharist. In the first reading, a mysterious figure – Melchizedek, the first person in the...
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