Having compassion for over 4000 people today, Jesus creates a feast for them from seven fish and two loaves of bread. As a precursor to that meal, the Gospel writer Matthew provides us with the four fold action of the Eucharist, the Great Thanksgiving, we celebrate every Sunday. We have Jesus taking the seven loaves and the fish, blessing (giving thanks), breaking them and giving them to those who were gathered. Take, bless, break and give are the four actions we take at every Holy Communion in which we participate. We will see this again at The Last Supper Jesus has with the disciples where he provides more language we use during the Eucharist: but today we have the ground work being laid for part of what we do when we participate in this holy meal.
Giving thanks for God's caring for us, for Jesus' care for those who come to him for aid, healing, rebirth. Something to carry with us throughout the day and to bring with us next time we come to the common table. Something to consider as our nation prepares for "Thanksgiving" later this month.
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