While I was watching the Mets play last week, I took a look at their home stadium, Citi Field. It was just built during the past decade and it's a very attractive stadium. Yankee Stadium was renovated during the past decade and it too is a very attractive stadium.
In the early years of baseball, there weren't any reinforced concrete stadiums. There was only a grandstand with a board fence enclosing the outfield. Sometimes the board fence had a knothole in it and children would get a free glimpse of the game. A knothole didn't offer a clear view of the game, but it was good enough to give an idea of what was going on.
When we hear about the public ministry of Jesus, we hear how it was a lot like these knotholes. Jesus' ministry didn't give us a clear view of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it was good enough to give us an idea of what was going on.
In today's gospel, Jesus gives us a clear example of his love and compassion for us. Not only didn't Jesus want the people in the crowd to go hungry, he didn't even want them to have to go and buy food for themselves. From the five loaves and two fish, Jesus fed the five thousand.
We can also recognize this as a Eucharistic experience. Jesus saw that the people were hungry and he feeds them with loaves and fishes. In the Eucharist, Jesus saw we were a sinful people and he feeds us with his body and blood.
In the gospel today, we can see how Jesus' ministry gives us a good idea of God's Kingdom. Through the feeding of the five thousand, we hear about the Lord's love and compassion for us. Through this Eucharistic experience, we celebrate the gift of eternal life, gained for us by Jesus.
Sincerely in Christ,