Today we begin a series of readings of John 6. This is the great discourse of Jesus' Eucharistic teachings. The chapter opens with the miracle of the loaves and fish. We all know the story so there is no need to recount it. But how does it fit in here? John is about to relate the teaching of the Eucharist; in order to show that he has dominion over all things spiritual, John uses this story of the loaves and fish, to show that Jesus has dominion over all things physical. In his gosple, John uses the miracles of Jesus as "signs" of his mission. Here John is saying, "before I move on to how Jesus has the power to be present in bread and wine, to give us his body and blood to eat, I shall relate a story that shows Jesus can make natural things (bread and wine) multiply and feed many more than the quantity would suggest." If Jesus could not work the miracle of the loaves and fish, surely he could not make his body feed so many in bread and wine. This is why I feel that those people who support this new idea that the miracle of the loaves and fish is all about sharing must have difficulty with the idea of the real presence. The real presence is the greatest miracle ever, spreading a few loaves and fish over a few thousand people is "wee buns" in comparison. So at Mass today remember: this is a greater miracle than any.....even the loaves and fish!