I still had visions of yesterday’s eXclaim gathering in my head as I woke up this morning.  What a wonderful experience of Church! It was a great opportunity to connect with so many people and to enjoy a day of fellowship.

I was especially touched at last night’s liturgy when we heard the gospel reading of the multiplication of the loaves and fish.  While we may not have numbered five thousand (I believe the estimated number for Mass was two thousand), there was the same sense of our being gathered on the hillside listening to the teachings of Jesus.  Father Jeff McBeth reminded us in the homily that while we may see ourselves as poor and inadequate and feel we have little to offer, God can do amazing things with us just as he did with the five loaves and two fish.  We need only to turn our lives over to Him and watch incredible things happen!

I’m not sure there were twelve baskets of fragments left over after Holy Communion last night, but I do suspect the grace of the day was left in the hearts of those who were present.  May each of us go forth to exclaim the goodness and provident care of our God!

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