In the Bible, meals are seen as much more than a means to satisfy a physical need. The Hebrew people viewed eating a meal as a way of expressing and strengthening their relationship to one another under God's covenant. It is no coincidence that meals are often the setting of Jesus' teaching and miracles in the Gospels. In this Sunday's Gospel, we hear the story of Jesus feeding the crowd of 5,000 people.
Read this Sunday's Gospel, Luke 9:11b-17. Talk about the kinds of hungers that people have in addition to physical hunger. Describe the hungers that a family nourishes (love, compassion, forgiveness, laughter, and so on). Together give thanks for the food that Jesus gives us that we celebrate on this Sunday's feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus. Make a commitment to share in this Eucharistic meal together as a family.
Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings as a family:
- The Eucharist is the center and heart of Catholic Christian life. Make a loaf of bread for the evening meal. Light a candle and say a blessing for the family. Have each member pull off a piece of the loaf as a reminder that we are one in unity with each other.
- Get out the pictures of your First Eucharist as well as photos from the First Eucharist of all the members of your family. Recall stories about that day and what various family members remember most.
- Involve family members in preparing a meal for guests. Prepare special signs of hospitality and care. Talk about ways the family can show hospitality in the way you greet guests and care for their needs.
- Make a meal together as a family and bring it to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Share Jesus’ love and care by serving the meal.