Author: Fr Brendan Gatt

2 Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15. The miraculous feeding of the five thousand is one of Jesus Christ’s best-known signs: an event so significant in his ministry that it is the only miracle to be reported – consistently in all essential details – in the four gospels. Indeed it was a truly remarkable experience; let us not fall into the foolish error of the demythologisers who interpret it merely (and reductively) as “the miracle of sharing”: one boy’s donated packed lunch inspiring others in the crowd to share their own food. Such an interpretation is manifestly contrary to the…

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Today’s readings: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43. In his book The Five Love Languages, author, pastor and counsellor Gary Chapman underlines the importance of physical touch: “Whatever there is of me resides in my body. To touch my body is to touch me. To withdraw from my body is to distance yourself from me emotionally.” Proposing it as one of the ‘love languages’ (the others being words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, and acts of service), he reminds us that touch is not merely beneficial to our well-being, it is essential. All phases and…

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