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The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes
The miraculous feeding of the five thousand
shows Jesus’ compassion for the crowd. Jesus is
so generous that when he saw the spiritual and
physical needs of the people, he fulfilled every
desire of their bodies and souls. Moreover, Jesus
gives more than enough. He gives in abundance
to those who accept his gifts. “They picked up
12 baskets left over.”
It seems as though our needs are endless. We
have all kind of needs: psychological, spiritual,
physical, relationships, safety, etc. Many times
we think God can only satisfy our spiritual needs,
but Jesus is showing us that he can satisfy all our
needs. The point is not feeding the crowd but
realizing that only in him can we find fulfillment.
Later the crowd kept following him, but Jesus
said to them: “you are looking for me, not
because you saw the signs I performed but
because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food
that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man
will give you.” Jesus is encouraging us to see,
believe, and trust in him.
This Saturday we celebrated the Sacrament of
Confirmation for the English Religious Education
program. We are so proud of our newly
confirmed young people. Their dedication and
hard work has paid off. The gifts of the Holy
Spirit they received will accompany them as
they embark on a new journey in their lives.
Their confirmation ceremony was the first event
canceled back in March because of the lockdown.
This crisis continues to be difficult for them as
they move on to high school. Please keep them
in your prayers
Fr. Joseph “Joe” Altman is a priest of the
Archdiocese of Chicago. He was ordained in
1976 at Mundelein seminary and, after 44 years
of service, he just retired this year. Fr. Joe was
associate pastor here at Saint Catherine Labouré
in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He is now
enjoying retirement in his condo in Morton Grove.
Fr. Joe will be coming back to the parish as a
sacrament assistant. You will see him from time
to time celebrating Masses and just being part
of our community. He is such a great priest with
a friendly personality. Please make him feel
welcome when you see him.