Hungering for the true bread of life Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Hensley   
August 2, 2015
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
John 6:24-35

The Israelites grumbled as they fled Egypt. They wished they were back in captivity, sitting by their stewpots, eating the bread of that land. God had mercy on them and provided quail for meat and manna from the surface of the desert for bread.

When Jesus came, the crowds following him after he multiplied loaves and fishes went with him across the Sea of Galilee in search of more. Miraculously, he provided food. Jesus berates them for looking to him for food instead of something of lasting value.

Someone brings up the example of Moses having provided God's people with bread from heaven to eat. Jesus corrects them:

"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."

When they ask for that heavenly bread always, he responds, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst."

Pattie Watson recently retired from her position as social ministry director at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth, Texas. When she first had contact with that ministry's food pantry, she was estranged from the church. She was so estranged she would not accept help for her family from Franciscan Brother Ed Bennett. She relented only when he told her, "This isn't charity. This is family helping family, and someday, somehow, you'll be able to give back."

In time, her relationship with the church healed, and she became, once again, one of those receiving the bread from heaven that is Jesus.

And in time, she came to accept what she believed was God's direction to take the job of director of the social services ministry.

This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions: August 2015 Print E-mail
August Universal Intention

Volunteers. That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy.

August Evangelization Intention
Outreach to the Marginalized. That setting aside our very selves, we may learn to be neighbors to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society.
Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2015.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 14
Ascension Thursday
Saturday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption (abrogated because it falls on Saturday)
Sunday, Nov. 1
All Saints
Tuesday, Dec.8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Prayer to St. Raphael Print E-mail

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.

We beg you, assist us in all our needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our souls and the ills that afflict our bodies.

We especially ask your guidance of our diocese as we journey toward the rebuilding of a cathedral bearing your name, and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be temples of the Holy Spirit. As our intercessor, beg the Blessed Trinity to prosper the work of our hands and, above all, to bring us, face-to-face, into their Holy presence.


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