The Feeding of the Five Thousand

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

Dear Friends,

When Jesus heard of it, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over — twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children. (Passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew 14:13–21)‚

We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday and the temperature was about 23 degrees Celsius. I was at the Holy Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Palmer Road, and the main celebrant was Father Jacques Rigaud, the Parish Priest.

Next week, on August 5, I will have a Healing Mass at the Little Shrine of Our Lady of Prince Edward Island at 7:30 p.m. and we will start with the rosary at 7:00 p.m. I will have an English Retreat at the Little Shrine starting on August 16 at 2:00 p.m. and ending on August 18 at noon. Everyone is welcome.

Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,

“The Father blesses you and I do too, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters scattered around the world. When the Jews were in the desert for forty years, Our Heavenly Father fed them every day during these years. I also fed the people who came to listen to Me in the desert. The disciples had only five loaves of bread and two fish, but I multiplied this food and fed more than five thousand people. There were still many fragments left over.

All these miracles concerning food point to another miracle, which you know if you belong to Me. I am referring to the miracle of the Eucharist. It was on Holy Thursday when I gathered with the Apostles in the Upper Room in Jerusalem and during the meal I instituted the Eucharist. I took bread and wine and changed them into My Body and Blood and gave them to the Apostles to eat and drink. I gave them the power to do the same. So in My Church every time a priest celebrates Holy Mass, he takes the bread and wine like I did and using My own words he changes these elements into My very body and blood. After the consecration, I am present alive in the host and in the chalice as food for you, all My friends. This is My great gift to you. I love you, My brothers and sisters.”

Father Melvin

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