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Matthew 14:20a And all ate and were filled.
In the eucharist, we experience two closely connected truths. One is that Jesus is delighted to see us—so delighted in fact that he gives himself to us in the bread and wine. As we gather around the table, we see people of every age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. When we are brave enough to look around, we recognize that Jesus is glad that each person has shown up. And we should be glad too.
When Jesus feeds the ragtag, motley crowd that followed him, he foreshadows the eucharist and the heavenly banquet that awaits us. When Jesus draws us to him, he also draws us to each other. Thanks be to God.
MOVING FORWARD: Share a meal with a new friend this week—or with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while.
Today the Church remembers Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, 461.