July 25, 2021
Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,
Last week in the Gospel, we learned that Jesus cared for the people looking for help and learning from Him. He told the Apostles, the crowds were like sheep without a Shepherd and He took care of them.
In the Gospel this week, He sees the huge crowd needs food to eat, and He works a miracle of feeding them. Not only does He fed them, there were twelve baskets with fragments left over.
Today, He sees us searching and in need of Spiritual help in our daily lives, and at Mass He feeds us with His Body and Blood in Holy Communion.
As God the Father provided food thru Elisha for the needs of God’s people in the first reading, and food was leftover. This prefigure what Jesus does in the Gospel and still fulfills for all of us in the Mass.
We receive Holy Communion in order to let Jesus enter into our lives and to nourish us with the love of God and to let God help us in our daily lives.
As we receive Holy Communion, we should ask Jesus to keep us safe, happy, and always trusting in Him and His love and mercy for us.
Psalm 145 today, tells us that, “The Hand of the Lord feeds us; He answers all our needs.”
Does that mean that God will always give me my favorite ice cream, always find a parking spot, light up the machines at the casino? No, but God can always forgive us, help us to have the grace to live, as God wants us to live and oh, yes, sometimes He does give us a win.
Let us today, tell God how much we need to be fed with the Body and Blood of His Son, Jesus.
We the sheep gather to be fed by Jesus the Good Shepherd who still provides for all our needs, but we must do our part and participate at Mass.
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church