Monday, June 07, 2010

Twelve Wicker Baskets

On Saturday, I went to the 5 p.m. closing liturgy of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Eucharistic Congress. The vigil Mass for the "Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ" (or "Corpus Christi") was celebrated by Archbishop Wilton Gregory.

The hall at the Georgia International Convention Center was packed. But, thanks to my friend Sherial, we snagged seats with the good folks from St. Paul of the Cross Church.

The Gospel proclaimed was the account from Luke Chapter 9 of the miracle of the five loaves and two fish.

At the end of the passage, after hearing that the great multitude had been fed, we learn this final detail:

And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.

I wonder what happened to these miraculous leftovers. Perhaps including this detail was St. Luke's way of indicating there were still more to be fed.

For reflections on yesterday's solemnity, visit Fran (here and here), Deacon Greg and A Concord Pastor.

Flashbacks: Corpus Christi Sundays 2009, 2008 and 2007.

The images above by Ann Bridges are from here.

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