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19th Sunday In O.T –
August 7th, 2016

I Am The Bread Of Life – Part Two



Reading 1
1 Kgs 19:4-8

Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert,
until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it.
He prayed for death saying:
“This is enough, O LORD!
Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”
He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree,
but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat.
Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake
and a jug of water.
After he ate and drank, he lay down again,
but the angel of the LORD came back a second time,
touched him, and ordered,
“Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!”
He got up, ate, and drank;
then strengthened by that food,
he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Glorify the LORD with me,
Let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
And delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy.
And your faces may not blush with shame.
When the afflicted man called out, the LORD heard,
And from all his distress he saved him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Reading II
Eph 4:30—5:2

Brothers and sisters:
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with which you were sealed for the day of redemption.
All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling
must be removed from you, along with all malice.
And be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma

Jn 6:41-51

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said,
“I am the bread that came down from heaven, ”
and they said,
“Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?
Do we not know his father and mother?
Then how can he say,
‘I have come down from heaven’?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Stop murmuring among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They shall all be taught by God.
Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”


        According to this gospel message for today, there is something mysteriously wrong in this world, in this country, in the Church, in all of us.  Perhaps we don’t see it.  Perhaps we don’t smell it.  Perhaps we can’t touch it or hear it.  Maybe it is escapes our taste.  Maybe it does not leave a physical trace.  But it is there.  At least that is what Jesus said.  And I’m not talking about the going on’s with our government or the voices of the people speaking out against that government.


        When we think about it, there are many more of those mysterious powers and energies all around, even through and within us.  Perhaps at the moment you are reading this homily. Turn off the speakers to any sound that you have playing.  Turn off our stereos, your dishwasher, stop all the sound around you.  Now, what do you hear?  Nothing.  Silence.  Yet, you know as well as I do, that all this space around us is full of waves, energies, and powers.  So, when you to switch on your stereo, your radio, music would burst forth out of this silence;  rock, country western, jazz, classical, and also voices from those within the house if there is anyone else around.  And surely, the sounds you hear outside.  That power is there, those vibrations are present, all that energy is hovering around us.


        John talks about another mysterious energy, a divine one, a terrific one, a mighty and powerful one, all explaining, all unifying one.  It is a power, an energy coming from God, attracting all of us, the whole of creation, through Jesus to God.


        It’s clear that there is a drawing power in nature isn’t it?  Things are born.  Trees grow up toward the light of the sun.  Plants and flowers do the same (if watered and taken care of properly).  Fish are swimming, insects are crawling, and birds are flying.  Animals of all kinds are roaming about, looking for an equal, for a mate, searching for food, having offspring.  Adam embraced Eve, and Eve embrace Adam.  Boys chase girls, and clouds are constantly chasing one another;  dark black thunder coulds pop up, charged with energy and power;  lightneing strikes or flashes, thunder roars.


        But John is talking about a power that draws all of us to Jesus, and at the same time, to one another.  Protestants and Catholics,other Christians and Hindus,Muslims and Jews, American and Asians, and Europeans, and Russians and Hispanics.  Aren’t we all communicating and dialoging more than ever before?  And whether we see it or not, there is power all around us, and it is changing the face of the earth, despite those people who think that they are the power.  Jesus not only revealed its nature, but even what its outcome would be.  It is the drawing power of our origin, our Father and Mother, attracting us to their home, to his table, for he is indeed the bread of life, and to the table and the homes we all are coming from.


        We are surrounded by that power.  It is all in and through us.  That is if you believe, if I believe, if anyone believes.  And that my friends, explains why you, why I, why we, have that deep, deep feeling that the world in which we live is NOT all there is.  That the colors we see are not all the colors there are.  That there are other recipes for the food we eat.  And, even more importantly, that the relationships we have, the ways we touch one another, do not fulfill all our desires and hopes.  The love we meet, and that love can be so great, so fulfilling and consoling – is a mere beginning giving us an inkling of the time when God’s drawing power will have brought us together, feasting and celebrating the Kingdom of His, the fullness of life, the power and the glory given us.  Jesus gave the lead, so let us plug in, becoming all that we really are meant to be.  He is indeed the bread of life, but only if we accept him as that bread of life, and feed from his hands. Then can we experience all that He, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are, and that is GOD.  Let us draw on that mysterious yet magnificent power of our Lord. 




© Deacon Steve A. Politte

August 6th, 2016



I Am the Bread of Life by John Michael Talbot












God's Love Is . . . !

As each sunset goes down,
while on bended knee;
I'll pray with folded hands,
though a storm may come to me.

And if, without warning,
I should shutter in dismay;
I will hold to steady faith,
for God's love will find it's way.

When a sorrow finds a place
deep within my soul;
when tears escape my eyes,
because of feeling down or low.

I'll kneel in faith and confidence,
because I know just where to start;
Though faith may be my fortress,
God's love plays the greater part.

I will hold no judgment of others,
for that is not for me to say.
I have not traveled in their footsteps,
nor felt the burdens of their day.

I will try to show by what I do,
the words I speak, I'll keep at bay;
that to bring a longing heart to God,
example is perhaps my most effective way.

God's love is always freely given,
it is not owed to me at all.
But, I must want it in my heart,
if I am to hear it's gentle call.

To speak the gospel message to others,
must be spoken with great care;
First, I must know the Word myself,
if I am to lead nonbelievers there.

It is not so much the written text,
for me to interpret or surmise;
it is instead the truths revealed,
for on those truths is what I rely.

God's love is patient and kind,
for it does not find fault in others;
it must embrace His total forgiveness,
if we are to be sisters and brothers.

To live in the light of Christ,
there is no better way to start;
for to walk in the footsteps of his Son,
faith and hope will get one going,
but God's love is the greater part!

(C) Steve A. Politte





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