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Weekly Paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament
By Austin Farrer
Dacre Press, Westminster

THE Church has shown a special affection for the mysterious narratives of Christís feeding the multitudes, seeing in them the type and figure of the feast still more mysterious and holy which Christians share. The evangelists' story throws no light upon the working of the miracle, except in telling us that Jesus gave thanks over the bread and certainly everything becomes charged with divine power when we have given thanks for it to God. Our whole life becomes a sacrament of blessing to ourselves and others, if we are sincerely and continually thankful for it to our Creator. In the sacrament we celebrate today, Christ says a final grace for us over the banquet which divine goodness has spread for us in the past year. Consider how marvellous, how various, how rich a thing our existence has been, and is. Christ's thanksgiving is alone worthy and sufficient. He makes the thanksgiving for us, by the offering of his life; we say the words after him, we receive the crumbs that he has blessed.