By Sr. Mary Anne Schaenzer
“…Give them some food yourselves.” Luke 9:13
There are many levels on which we can read these words. In context the Twelve are telling Jesus to dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions. Jesus responds by saying, Give them some food yourselves. They respond as to how little is available in this setting. Jesus takes the five loaves and the two fish, looks to heaven, blesses and breaks them and gives them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
May 29 we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi – the Body and Blood of Christ.
There are times when Jesus tells us to give to others ourselves.
Sometimes it is a call to do something.
This is an invitation to consider whether or not this may be a call to you to bring the body of Christ to others. If you do not already distribute Holy Communion in a particular setting you may be tempted to say, “I can’t do that. I’m not commissioned. I’m not trained. I’m not a Stephen Minister. I don’t want to be in front of people.” There may be many things a person might say. But if we are at Mass we expect someone to give Holy Communion to us. I am not saying that this is everybody’s calling. It may be the calling of a small percentage – given the size of our parish. However, we do need help and this may be a call to some who are not yet in this ministry. If you want to talk about it, even just ask questions, you can email Bernie Leach or call 763-712-7435 to inquire about being a communion minister in the church on Sunday morning. You can email Sister Mary Anne or call 763-712-7441 to inquire about taking communion out from the parish. You could take communion to a person in their home, either long term or temporarily; take communion to Catholics at the hospital; lead a Word and Communion service in an Assisted Living setting or lead or accompany a leader at the Anoka County Jail. Training is provided for each of these settings. You would not start out alone.
Jesus, take my bread and fish and multiply them.