Before Jesus handed over the fish and loaves to his disciples to miraculously feed five thousand people, he took them and, “Looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke them. He then gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.” (Luke 9:16)
Such a small amount of food multiplied to satisfy five thousand people! But it had God the Father’s Blessing.
Saying thanks to God the Father for our daily food is also a precious task we must celebrate daily.
Lord Jesus, for those who suffer the pangs of pain from hunger today, give them a little repose. Lighten their burden; reward them with your love and peace.
A Song and Prayer – In Bread We Bring You Lord (Kevin Nichols)
In bread, we bring you Lord, our body’s’ labour
In wine, we offer you our spirit’s grief.
We do not ask you, Lord, who is my neighbour?
But stand united now, in one belief.
For we have gladly heard your Word, your holy Word
And now in answer, Lord, our gifts we bring.
Our selfish hearts make true, our failing faith renew,
Our life belongs to you, our Lord and King.
The bread we offer you is blessed and broken,
And it becomes for us our spirit’s food.
Over the cup we bring, your Word is spoken;
Make it your gift to us, your healing blood.
Take all that daily toil, plants in our heart’s poor soil,
Take all we start and spoil, each hopeful dream.
The chances we have missed, the graces we resist,
Lord, in thy Eucharist, take and redeem.