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They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets (Luke 9:17) The Body and Blood of Christ

A little girl was leafing through a children’s book of illustrated Bible stories. When she came to the story of the loaves and fishes, she stopped turning the pages and began gazing intently at the illustration of Jesus standing before the great crowd breaking bread. Seeing the child’s fascination with the picture, her mother explained that this wasn’t the real Jesus, only an artist’s conception of Him. Still staring at the picture, the child replied, “Well, it sure looks like Him.”

Today's Gospel Lesson paints a vivid picture, and it sure looks like Jesus. It paints a vivid picture of Jesus who performed miracles as proof that He was the One sent by God. In Luke's account, after Jesus has preached to the thousands of people who had been following Him -- and after He has cured those in need of healing -- the Apostles say to Him, "Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here." Jesus answers, "Give them something to eat yourselves." The Apostles do not understand. "We have no more than five loaves and two fish," they tell Jesus. But Jesus insists. "Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty," He says. And they do so. Then Jesus blesses the five loaves of bread and the two fish and gives the food to the Apostles for distribution to the crowd. They all eat, and all are satisfied, and there are even leftovers. (Lk.9:12-17)

This episode in the life of Christ must have been very important to the early Christians. It is a [...]

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Self-esteem, Grace, Self-image

“I’m O.K., You’re O.K.“ is the title of a best-selling book published a number of years ago. In the book, Dr. Thomas Harris, a practicing psychiatrist, insists that one of the basic problems we all face is that no matter how happy our childhood was, no matter how loving our parents were, we come out of those early years with a basic “I’m not O.K.” feeling. Deep down, he says, there is a sense of insecurity, a feeling of inferiority. Even those of us who are in pretty good control of ourselves will discover, says Dr. Harris, that this “not O.K.” feeling can take control of our lives. We become depressed without even knowing why. Perhaps the best part of the book is the chapter called “Religion and Ethics,” from which I now quote: The central Message of Christ’s ministry was the concept of Grace. The concept of Grace is a theological way of saying, “I’m O.K., You’re O.K.“ It is a way of saying, “I’m O.K. unconditionally.” Now, this passage was not written by a theologian or a Scripture Scholar or a member of the clergy. It was written by a practicing psychiatrist in a book that has turned people on all over the world with the fundamental Gospel truth we Christians often seem to have a hard time accepting: that God Graces us with His Love unconditionally, and that once we have accepted God and ourselves in this unconditional way, we are ready to accept others on the same basis. Anyone who is familiar with the life of Jesus can read Dr. Harris’ book and recognize at once that Jesus is the supreme example of an “I’m O.K.” person. He was so supremely open to the Love of God, so accepting of God’s Grace, that His basic self-acceptance shines through the Gospels on every page. And that is why He was able to say to others “You’re O.K.” in a very special and convincing way.

Meaning of Life

“I am the gate. Whoever enters through Me will be safe...The thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy. I come that they might have life and have it to the full” (John 10:9,10). A young American serviceman, on returning from Vietnam, was asked by some of his friends how the war experience had affected his life. He said, “The thought that the end of my life is a hole six feet deep and six feet long casts a dark shadow on everything I do now.” From the beginning of time, we human persons have been faced with that hole six feet deep. And, when we believe it is the end, it does cast a dark shadow over everything we do. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Christian disciple is an absolute conviction on the matter of immortality. This is why the New Testament has come down to us as such incredible Good News. In the Gospels we discover that God has acted through the life of Jesus to show us the eternal meaning of our human existence.


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