The Homily of Father Jose - August 2, 2020
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Feed the Hungry
“Feed the Hungry” is one of the seven Corporal Acts of Mercy. Jesus had compassion for the crowd who followed him for they were spiritually hungry. Jesus fed the crowds spiritually with His Words, which are food for the soul. He healed many people who were spiritually, mentally and physically sick. After feeding them spiritually through His Words, he found they were physically hungry. The disciples wanted to send the people away to buy some food.
Jesus did not want to send them away. He wanted to feed them. He blessed the five loaves and two fishes and multiplied them to feed all the people. He performed a wonderful miracle. This miracle is seen as a foreshadowing of the Eucharistic meal, which Jesus was to provide miraculously for the multitude of His followers. This is an act of kindness and loving thoughtfulness of Jesus.
Though invisible to mortal eyes, He is truly present on the altar today as He was that day in Galilee. Jesus is present under the form of bread and wine so we can partake of Him as spiritual nourishment during our earthly life. We see on the cross His infinite love for us. He gave his body and blood for our spiritual nourishment.
We need to prepare spiritually to receive His food, which is a great blessing to us. Jesus is the living bread, which is broken to feed all people every day. Let us repent of our sins, and purify our hearts to receive Him in the Holy Eucharist.