Today we begin to hear, for 5 consecutive weeks, nearly the entire sixth Chapter of the Gospel of Saint John. Sometimes called the “Bread of Life” discourse, it begins with an account of the multiplication of the loaves and fish, an event which is contained in each of the four canonical Gospels. At the very heart of our life, in a parish called “Blessed Sacrament,” is our appreciation of the Eucharistic Mystery. It is amazing that from that hillside at Tabgha (Israel) to the hills of Clermont (Florida) this multiplication and miracle happens continually!
A few weeks ago, on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, I shared that within the church built at this sacred site is the earliest image of the multiplication preserved in a fifth century floor mosaic. It is located before the altar which has been built over the rock that Jesus was sitting upon. Today we bless an image of this ancient mosaic; it has been expanded to include “The Leftovers” that were the result of this miracle! Created and designed by Jim Piercey (who also executed the stained glass image over the main doors of the old Church (St. John Bosco Hall) and donated by Robert Richey (in memory of his beloved wife Deborah), the mosaic is located over the main doors of the new Church. I am very grateful for Jim’s work and Bob’s generosity in providing a visual and physical link from the place where the miracle began to a place where it continues still:
O God, you open wide your hand, giving us food in due season. Out of your never-failing abundance, satisfy the hungers of body and soul and lead all peoples of the earth to the feast of the world to come.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!