The Five Loaves Of Bread
When Jesus came, He continued to prepare the people for the Blessed Eucharist.
Five thousand people came to hear Jesus teach and to see Him heal the sick. Late in the day Jesus told the Apostles to feed them, but the Apostles replied, “we have nothing and no one can get bread in this place”. Jesus told the Apostles about the boy who had five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus blessed the food and told the Apostles to give the food to all the people. “Let each one have as much as he wants”. This was done and there were still twelve baskets of food left.
The next day the people continued to follow Jesus, they wanted to be fed. The people liked the idea of getting bread from the Lord and being able to eat as much as they could. Jesus knew and understood this and he told the people, “LABOR NOT FOR THE FOOD WHICH PERISHES, BUT FOR THAT WHICH LASTS INTO ETERNITY.”
Jesus told the people that He, Jesus was the bread of Life.
Your fathers did eat MANNA in the desert and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever. And the Bread that I will give you is My flesh for the life of the world.
The people still did not completely understand what Jesus meant or was trying to teach them. So Jesus said, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man... you shall not have life in you. He that eats My flesh has everlasting life and I will raise him up on the last day”.
The bread in Holy Communion becomes the flesh of Christ. The wine becomes the blood of Christ.
One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the DIVINE LITURGY. Years before Jesus Christ was born, God prepared us to receive this gift. In the Old Test-~ ament there are several previews of the Holy Eucha¬rist which is given to us in the Liturgy.
During the time the Israelites fled from slavery in Egypt, they were led by Moses. They took some food but after six months it was all gone. There were 60,000 men besides the woman and children, and they began to complain against Moses and lose hope. Moses maintained his faith and knew that God would somehow provide for them.
Then God spoke to Moses. “In the morning the people of Israel shall have their fill of bread, and they shall know that I am the Lord God.” In the morning the ground was covered with something white and the people asked what it was Moses told them is was ‘Manna’ , The Hebrew word for “what is this.” The people tasted it and found that it tasted like bread and honey and the Israelites called it ‘Divine Manna”. With the Manna or bread, God also gave the people a few rules to follow.
1. Only take enough to last one day.
Moses then filled a vessel with the bread and placed it in the tabernacle where the people worshipped God. For forty years while Moses continued to lead the people through the desert, God fed the people every morning with bread from heaven.