|Barley Ripens Near Passover|
But he didn't. In his divine plan, God created us as creature that need to eat. The first command he ever gave us concerned food: what to eat and what not to eat. We turned away from him by an act of eating. And now, since the coming of Christ, we can turn back to him by an act of eating.
Our need to eat reminds us that we are dependent on something or someone outside ourselves—ultimately God—to stay alive.
At this time in the Church year, we begin a five-week meditation on John 6 and the account of Jesus' miracle of the Feeding of the 5,000. Each week we will read another section of the account of the miracle and Jesus' subsequent discourse. Each week a different Old Testament passage will appear in the First Reading, showing a different type or anticipation of the Eucharist from Israel's history.
1. Our First Reading comes from the narratives about the prophet Elisha in 2 Kgs 4:42-44: