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Friends, our Gospel today focuses on St. John’s intense meditation on the meaning of the Eucharist. The tone is set with the familiar story of the feeding of the five thousand, the only miracle story mentioned in each of the four Gospels. This scene deeply affected the first Christians.

Jesus instructs his disciples to have the crowd recline on the grass. Taking the barley loaves and dried fish, Jesus makes a meal that satisfies the enormous crowd. They are hungry, tired, and worn out from their exertions, and Jesus gives them sustenance for the day.

For Thomas Aquinas, the great metaphor for the Eucharist is sustenance, food for the journey. Baptism defines us, making us sons and daughters of God; Confirmation confirms and deepens this identity; Marriage and Holy Orders seal us in our life’s vocation. These are sacraments offered once at key moments in one’s life.

Then there is the Eucharist, which is daily food, nourishment to get us through the day-to-day. How effective would we be if we never ate, or ate only on special occasions and in a festive environment? Not very. So, in the spiritual life, we must eat and drink or we will not have the strength.

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

2nd week of Easter

Friday

April 12

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Thursday

April 11

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Wednesday

April 10

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Tuesday

April 9

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Monday

April 8

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Annunciation

Sunday

April 7

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Divine Mercy Sunday

Easter Octave

Saturday

April 6

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Friday

April 5

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Thursday

April 4

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Wednesday

April 3

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Tuesday

April 2

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Monday

April 1

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Sunday

March 31

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Easter

Holy Week

Saturday

March 30

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Holy Saturday

Friday

March 29

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Good Friday

Thursday

March 28

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Holy Thursday

Wednesday

March 27

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Tuesday

March 26

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Monday

March 25

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Sunday

March 24

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Palm Sunday

5th week of Lent

Saturday

March 23

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Friday

March 22

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Thursday

March 21

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Wednesday

March 20

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Tuesday

March 19

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St. Joseph

Monday

March 18

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Sunday

March 17

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4th week of Lent

Saturday

March 16

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Friday

March 15

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Thursday

March 14

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Wednesday

March 13

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Tuesday

March 12

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Monday

March 11

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Sunday

March 10

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3rd week of Lent

Saturday

March 9

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Thursday

March 7

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Thursday

March 7

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Wednesday

March 6

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Tuesday

March 5

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Monday

March 4

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Sunday

March 3

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2nd week of Lent

Saturday

March 2

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Friday

March 1

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Thursday

February 29

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Wednesday

February 28

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Tuesday

February 27

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Monday

February 26

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Sunday

February 25

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