Thousands are fed on a few barley loaves and a couple of fish in today’s Gospel. What an outpouring of compassion and love upon the huge crowd of people that was following Jesus and this wasn’t the only great sign of his concern for the crowd. Earlier, he and his disciples had been taking care of the sick who were following him and the crowd kept growing. It is remarkable how several of the apostles joined with Jesus in taking care of a crisis that was about to happen because of the lack of food. It is also remarkable that after all had eaten, there were 12 baskets of fragments left over. Jesus couldn’t be outdone in his generosity and deep concern for thousands of hungry people. The apostles with him were a great help in turning this situation from a crisis to an experience of how God takes care of us.

Speaking of food and the feeding of a large crowd, our Filipino Community is holding their annual Festival of Food and Culture this weekend. It takes the work and dedication of many people to organize the event: those who cook, decorate, serve, entertain, and clean up to make this not only a success but a memorable day for all who attend. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this day possible. This is part of our Filipino Commuity’s 35th Anniversary of being here at St. Francis. Congratulations!

This Thursday, August 2, we Franciscans celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Porziuncula. This small chapel is our Mother Church in Assisi and it meant so much to St. Francis and continues to be a place of blessing for all who visit it. A Blessed Feastday!

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M