Just a quick pondering …. Today’s gospel reading from the Gospel of Mark had me thinking… what must it have been like to have been there with Jesus and the disciples when He multiplied the loaves and the fishes? Sitting there with a huge hungry crowd… Did the 4,000 + people know what was happening? Or were the oblivious to the miracle? All of a sudden, after 3 hungry days, they were handed enough food to fill them up and satisfy them…. Did they wonder where it all came from? Did some of them who were close to Jesus and the disciples see them doing something with the food? Did some see the miracle as it happened? I wonder … what did that miraculous multiplied bread and fish taste like? Bread and fish that Jesus blessed… Was it the most delicious meal they had ever had? It says “They were satisfied.” There were left overs…. fragments filling seven baskets… so obviously everyone was full, satisfied, smiling and content, probably one of the best picnic lunches they had ever had.
To have been there. When I read the gospels I always think of what it would have been like to have been there with Jesus.Wouldn’t it have been amazing to have been there and received that gift? A miraculous meal created by Jesus…
… and then… I had a “duh” moment… a holy dope-slap upside the head moment. A “D’oh!” epiphany (haha)… Der, Kelly… He does give us a miraculous meal all the time… every single time a Mass is celebrated… every. single. day. The Eucharist. Body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Right there. For us. A gift. …But do we take this for granted? Do we go up to receive Him with the full knowledge of His sacrifice and His unending love for us… or do we numbly, indifferently receive Him without a second thought?
So tomorrow, when you receive the Eucharist, do so reverently (maybe on the tongue instead of in your hand~ I have started doing this!)… with the full knowledge of what it all means. This miraculous meal… the most important meal in the history of the world. The gift of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. We should be filled with joy after receiving Him.
We should be satisfied.
So…yes… summer has begun. We spent last week glamping (camping… but in a cabin haha!) … so this week is the beginning of my summer of being home and doing a whole bunch of wonderful nothing … for once. So I thought to myself… how best can I begin each morning? Ah! Easy! Morning Mass! Yes!
Some of you may be thinking: What? Don’t you want to sleep in? Sure… waking up at 6:50 IS sleeping in for me (during the school year I get up at the God awful hour of 4 AM… 4:25 AM to be exact). So I am sleeping in and since I am now over that proverbial hill I just can’t seem to stay asleep anymore… so maybe, just maybe (my guardian angel is whapping me upside the head!) I need to get up and do something worthwhile. Be with Jesus.
Okay and I know there are others of you thinking, “Mass? Really?” Yes, REALLY. I love going to church. (This is my church! xD)
I love attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I love the singing, the readings, the homily… and most of all: the Eucharist. Some favorite mass/Eucharist quotes: “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.” ~ Saint Jean Vianney. Who couldn’t do with a bit of joy first thing in the morning?! Another favorite quote, “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” ~ St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. Yes it is that important. Too bad so few take advantage of this wonderful sacramental experience. It is that awesome! Believe me … it is a JOYFUL experience to attend Mass… it is almost: Mass hysteria! HA! I love it that much!
Another reason to go to daily Mass this summer would be to see my priest and friend, Fr. Joe, who will be leaving us for a new assignment in Canada soon. So there is that. So sad he is leaving.
And then there was the reading this morning from the Holy Gospel of Matthew~ 8:18-22 that confirmed this. All about following Jesus… following Him now… stop procrastinating (“Let the dead bury their dead!”) and stop putting off being the Christian you were meant to be. No more saying, ‘I’ll do it another day’…. Do it now. Follow Him NOW!
I contemplated this after Mass …Hm.. what does that mean for me this summer? Ha! easy: go to morning Mass. Receive the Eucharist. Be filled with His light, love, peace and joy… and carry around Jesus all day, every summer day… be a walking tabernacle. Let the Son shine through me every day this summer. Be renewed by Him (which I desperately need)..
Yeah. I think I could do that.