May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St.-Alphonsus-Liguori

Learn more about St. Alphonsus Liguori: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1284

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080116.cfm

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” He said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over—twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.

We always underestimate the power of God, just as the disciples did. They watched Him heal, they heard Him preach, but they did not see that He could and would feed His people. He fed them spiritually and then gave them food for their body and soul. People today do not believe that Jesus feeds us at His altar in the Catholic Church. Just like the disciples, they doubt that Jesus can turn bread and wine into His body and blood. Do you put God in your own box, telling Him what He can and cannot do? Or do you believe that God can and does everything? Do you go to His altar and receive Him or do you refuse to believe?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe and I am so grateful that I can receive you body and blood daily. You are the word of everlasting life and you feed me with everlasting food. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise and honor, Amen!

Lord, teach me your statutes.

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