The eternal, encouraging tale of the loaves and the fishes

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The Gospel for this Sunday - Matthew 14: 13-21 - is one of the best-known stories of the New Testament, and speaks of faith in the infinite nature of God's nurturing love.

'... Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They replied, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.'

For commentaries on this text, go to Bulletin Notes:  'The [Gospel] setting provides Jesus a chance to challenge the faith of his followers. They wanted the crowds to return to the local towns from where they came for the evening meal. But Jesus commanded them to feed the people. How could they? Among all of his followers, all they possessed were five small loaves (the size of dinner rolls or biscuits) and two dried fish. This food would feed two people... 

Here is an animated version of the story which you might like to share with the little ones in your life.

And here is the Misa Criolla - Gloria (Ariel Ramírez) to augment your reading of the Gospel this weekend.

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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