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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 2nd, 2015
 
 "I Am The Bread Of Life"
 

 

 

 

Reading 1
Ex 16:2-4, 12-15

The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
The Israelites said to them,
“Would that we had died at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt,
as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!
But you had to lead us into this desert
to make the whole community die of famine!”

Then the LORD said to Moses,
“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.
Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;
thus will I test them,
to see whether they follow my instructions or not.

“I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites.
Tell them: In the evening twilight you shall eat flesh,
and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread,
so that you may know that I, the LORD, am your God.”

In the evening quail came up and covered the camp.
In the morning a dew lay all about the camp,
and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert
were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground.
On seeing it, the Israelites asked one another, “What is this?”
for they did not know what it was.
But Moses told them,
“This is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54

R. (24b) The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
What we have heard and know,
and what our fathers have declared to us,
We will declare to the generation to come
the glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength
and the wonders that he wrought.
R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
He commanded the skies above
and opened the doors of heaven;
he rained manna upon them for food
and gave them heavenly bread.
R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
Man ate the bread of angels,
food he sent them in abundance.
And he brought them to his holy land,
to the mountains his right hand had won.
R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.


Reading II
Eph 4:17, 20-24

Brothers and sisters:
I declare and testify in the Lord
that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do,
in the futility of their minds;
that is not how you learned Christ,
assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him,
as truth is in Jesus,
that you should put away the old self of your former way of life,
corrupted through deceitful desires,
and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and put on the new self,
created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.


Gospel
Jn 6:24-35

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you are looking for me not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him,
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to him,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

The gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.




Remember last week we talked about the loaves and the fish? About Jesus feeding the crowd from just those five loaves of bread and two fish, given by that young unselfish boy who gave his all? Well, in today’s gospel reading, those folks are still hungry and they seek out Jesus once again because he wasn’t where he was before. They found him across the sea in hopes that he would feed them again. That sounds like a pretty big effort to go and search for Jesus for more food, doesn’t it? You would think that they would put all of that running around and all of that energy into finding a market where they could buy some food, maybe stop and get a drink of water while they were at it. Did the food that He gave them taste any different than what they could buy at a market? Frankly I don’t know the answer to that question; I didn’t live in those days and times. However . . .



They found him and they asked him “Rabbi, when did you get here?” But Jesus knew what was on their minds and that is why he said to them, “You are looking for me not because you ate of the loaves and were filled.” And he told them to stop looking for food for their bellies, and not work for food that satisfies the hunger in their stomachs. O yes, that applies to us as well. Because that food will perish and we will still be left hungry, but work for the food that endures for eternal life which the Son of Man gives. For this food is the work of God that they and we, believe in the one he sent.



"Show us a sign, something that we can see so that we can believe in you" were their remarks. Are we asking that question too, “Jesus, show us a sign that we can see, so we can believe in him?” Those folks quoted the old scripture about God sending food down from heaven, some kind of food called mana, at the request of Moses. Jesus assured them that bread was not by the hands of Moses or of his request, and then says something that completely turns the whole issue of food around, “My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD.”



“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”



They must have been able to understand what he meant, and I wonder whether we really understand, after two thousand years that separate us from those words. All the same, the very language we use might still have something from the bread he spoke about. In English we sometimes say that an attitude or a skill is like bread and butter to someone. Perhaps because we mean that he or she is so accustomed to it that it has become a second (or even a first) nature to her or him, to you or I. That is what he meant my friends to them and to us, “Take me, take me, as your bread of your life. Take me, take me, as the bread the Father is sending from heaven. Take me as the fountain in your life. Take me as the principle, for your every reason, for your life from day to day, from hour to hour.”



If we take him as our bread and butter in life, we always choose what is good for the world, what is good for humanity, for all of us. It would mean that our effort for peace in the world and in our lives would no longer be a mere pious desire or the subject of a clever few, but a task that asks our effort. It would mean that the hunger in the world would no longer be an incident at the margin of our lives or the topic of a naïve social analysis, but a challenge to provide the bread they are looking for every day. It would mean that we would enter the mercy and sadness Jesus had because of our situation in this world today, because of our situation in this country today. If our leaders looked for that food to feed themselves instead of the quest for control, power, greed, self righteous, self serving, “Who gives a care about the people, it’s all about us,” it would make them live like Him, voices for the voiceless, sufferers for peace, organizers of justice and not corruption, chasers of evil, instead of being that evil, and healers of wounds, instead of being the ones inflecting the wounds upon the people of this country.



But that most likely will not happen folks, and that is why we, each one of us who are the victims of government sinfulness, that we must be all of that, and I do not mean that we stop fighting for our rights, but even more so. For then we, who, without too much hesitation call ourselves by Jesus’ name, would be like Jesus in that way; the voice, the sufferer, the organizers, and the chasers, and the healers, making him our bread in life.


 Thank you and God bless. Your brother in Christ –


© Deacon Steve A. Politte
August 2nd, 2015

 

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I Come To You God To Talk And Pray
 

In The Early Hours Of Each Day.
I Come To You God, To Talk And Pray
I Thank You For All That You Have Done
I Praise Thou For Jesus Christ Your Son
The Holy Spirit Who You Send To Guide
The Victory, Holy Trinity Three In One


Dear Lord I Love The Whispers In My Ear.
Loud Enough For Me To Hear You. So Clear
The Bread From Heaven. Holy Word To Share
Letting Brothers And Sisters Know You Care,
It Is An Honor To Be Messengers For You
There Are Many In This World Tis So True


What We Do Is For Your Glory Yours Alone
Servants For You Jesus, Till We Are Called Home
O What A Day Lord, VICTORY Will Be At Last
To See Family And Friends Already Passed
Nobody Knows Lord When That Day Will Be
No More Suffering Your Face We Will Finally See

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Love In The Lords Name as ALWAYS
Brother Doug Holt August 2012
Dedicated To All Who Are Messengers
And Obedient Servants
 

 



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