The Cathedral Connection 5 August 2018

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I am the Bread of Life

 “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never thirst” (John 6:35)

 This year we have been following Mark’s Gospel. Because it is a short Gospel, we now leave it for 5 weeks, reading instead from John’s Gospel Chapter 6 – the feeding of the 5000 and the Eucharistic words that follow it. John does not have an account of the institution of the Eucharist (he presumes it), but the whole of Chapter 6 is Eucharistic.

Last week’s Gospel set the scene, with the feeding of the 5000 with 5 loves and 2 fish. As Andrew says, referring to the 5 loaves and 2 fish that a boy has, ‘…but what is that amongst so many.’ It’s nothing. BUT 5 loaves and 2 fish AND JESUS is everything.

As we come to terms with our Cathedral being closed for quite a time, we may have a lot of negative and soul destroying emotions. We can relate to Philip’s response to the task of feeding the 5000 – ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough for each of them to get a little.” It isn’t going to work. Then we see Andrew, ‘There is a small boy here with 5 loaves and 2 fish.’ They are very little BUT with Jesus they are more than enough.

The last 3 Sundays I have come to morning tea after the 10.30am Mass, in the College Staffroom. Conversations there were very much about hope and possibilities, coming together, supporting each other, getting to know each other in a new way. What I heard over and over was the importance of keeping the community together.

The spirit of the parish was brought home to me last Sunday in seeing a woman collecting money for food that she had made. She had begun her fundraising for the Cathedral already, even before the start flag had fallen! Her ‘5 loaves and 2 fish’, coupled with all the other loaves and fishes that we hope to bring, with Jesus, will be more than enough!

– Fr Ron Bennett, Moderator.

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