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THE BREAD OF LIFE

THE BREAD OF LIFE

(A biblical refection on THE 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – August 5, 2012) 

Gospel Reading: John 6:24-35 

First Reading: Ex 16:2-4,12-15; Psalms: Ps 78:3-4,23-25,54; Second Reading: Eph 4:17,20-24 

The Scripture Text

So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 

When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on Him has God the Father set His seal.” Then they said to Him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” So they said to Him, “Then what sign do You do, that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you 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.” They said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (Jn 6:24-35 RSV) 

Throughout the ages, God continues to teach His people the same lessons. By giving the Israelites manna in the desert, He taught them to rely on Him on a day-by-day basis (Ex 16:4). Centuries later, we see Jesus teaching His disciples a similar lesson: “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you” (Jn 6:27). He did not want them to limit their expectations to “perishable” signs and wonders from God. He wanted to take away their guilt and fill them with a love they had never known before.

When the people asked what works they should do in order to please God, Jesus gave them a very simple answer: “Believe in Him whom God has sent” (Jn 6:28-29). Nothing pleases our heavenly Father more than His children’s trust and obedience.

Even today, Jesus continues to teach us the same lesson. He does not want us to go hungry; He wants us to come to Him and be satisfied (Jn 6:35). He knows that only He can quench our hunger and thirst for meaning and security. A daily, living relationship with Him is our only answer.

Why do we find it hard to come to Jesus? Maybe we have a limited view of God and are afraid He will not satisfy our hunger. Maybe we think that we somehow have to earn His love by doing all the right things. Or maybe we have been disappointed in earthly relationships and find it hard to believe that our heavenly Father loves us just as we are. He is more interested in intimacy with us than in our performance because He knows that the more we know of His love, the more we will be compelled to obey His commands. Let us come to Him in faith, trusting that He alone can satisfy the deep desires of our hearts.

Short Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the bread of life. Fill us with Your love so that we will never want anything else. Teach us to come to You every day to receive the food that endures to eternal life. Amen.

Jakarta, 2 August 2012 

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THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN MARY VIANNEY [1786-1859] – AUGUST 4

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SAINT JOHN MARY VIANNEY AND THE HOLY EUCHARIST

SAINT JOHN MARY VIANNEY AND THE HOLY EUCHARIST 

THE SAINT’S FEAST DAY: AUGUST 4 

  • JESUS CHRIST found a way by which He could ascend into Heaven and yet remain on the earth. He instituted the adorable Sacrament of the Eucharist so that He might stay with us, and be the Food of our soul; that He might console us and be our Companion. – Sermon on Communion.
  • WHEN we are before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be like a breath from one to the other. – Catechism on the Real Presence (Sp.). 
  • “ARE we in affliction?” says St. John Chrysostom; “we shall find all manner of consolation at Mass. Are we tempted? Let us hear Holy Mass, and we shall find there a way of overcoming the Devil.” – Eucharistic Meditation 24. 
  • DO not be afraid of people saying that going to Mass on a week-day is only for those who have nothing to do. … Are you ashamed to serve God for fear of being despised? – Eucharistic Meditation 25. 
  • PEOPLE talk about Lazarus who had the joy of entertaining the Divine Savior in his home; but Lazarus only had Him by his side, while we, if we will, may have Him in our heart just as often as we wish. – On Communion (C.). 
  • OUR LORD is hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for us to come and visit Him. … See how good He is! … If He had appeared before us now in all His glory, we should not have dared to approach Him; but He hides Himself like one in prison, saying, “You do not see Me, but that does not matter; ask Me for all you want. …” – Eucharistic Meditation 19. 
  • GOD has created my heart only for Himself. He asks me to give it to Him that He may make it happy. – Eucharistic Meditation 27. 
  • LIVE on Him that you may live for Him. Of Holly Communion (M.). 
  • AH! if only God saw in us the same humility and sel-abasement as He saw in the Centurion who said to Him: “Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come under my roof,” with what pleasure and with what abundance of graces would He not come into our hearts! – On Considerations during Mass (E.). 
  • WHEN you hear Mass, do you come in the same frame of mind as the Blessed Virgin at Calvary? Because it is the same God, and the same Sacrifice – Sermon on Good Friday. 

Jakarta, August 4, 2012 

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JESUS, WE THANK YOU FOR THE EXAMPLE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

JESUS, WE THANK YOU FOR THE EXAMPLE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

[SATURDAY, 4 AUGUST 2012] 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:1-12 

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus; and he said to his servants, “this is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in Him.” For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; because John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and pleased Herod, so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given; he sent and had John beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus. 

Now when Jesus heard this, He withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed Him on foot from the town. As He went ashore He saw a great throng; and He had compassion on them, and healed their sick. (Mt 14:1-12 RSV) 

Prayer: Jesus, we thank You for the example of John the Baptist. From the very beginning of his life, he was prepared for his mission. He prepared the way for You into the hearts of many people. His life ended early, as Yours did, from the hatred others had for him. 

Help us to renew our dedication to You. We have been destined to be Yours from the moment of our baptism; we have been called and called again to follow You. Let us keep hearing Your voice and responding to it. Let us accept our mission day by day, even when it means dying a little to ourselves and dying to this world. Amen. 

The prayer is taken from Fr. Killian Speckner OFMConv., THE PRAYERS OF FATHER KILLIAN – A Franciscan Missionary’s Guide to Daily Devotion, Paraclete Press, 1986. 

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