This weekend we celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel passage is a continuation of the Bread of Life discourse. This Sunday’s proclamation begins with the repetition of the last line of last week’s Gospel passage. Jesus reminds us that whoever eats the bread he gives (the Bread from heaven) will live forever. Late in the passage, he clearly states: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” Jesus has given himself as gift to us in the sacrament of Eucharist. How can we pass up such a gift and the promise that goes along with it? You and I know that there are many Catholics who do not see the importance of Eucharist in their lives, who rarely attend Sunday Mass. Some of them are members of our own families. We need to reach out to them in some way to help them understand what they are missing – the Bread of Life, our spiritual nourishment, which guarantees us eternal life. We can’t do it through preaching, but we can gently invite them from time to time to come to Mass with us. We can evangelize by the way in which we live our lives so that we are credible witnesses to Christ’s presence in the world. If we, the members of the Body of Christ, live lives of compassion, understanding, patience, forgiveness, affirmation, acceptance, and love, people will see the face of Christ. They will see that receiving the “Bread of Life” makes a difference in one’s life. When we truly become what we receive, people may even say, “See how these Christians love one another.”
Don’t forget the Parish Picnic next Sunday. If you did not have the opportunity to sign up this weekend, please call the Parish Office by Noon on Wednesday if you will be coming to the picnic, so that those coordinating the food will know how much meat to prepare.
I would like to extend a special thank you to all of you for your prayers at the death of my mother, Mary. Special thanks to those who came to the funeral home for Visitation and the Vigil Liturgy, and to church for the Funeral Mass. Thank you to all who sent cards, and had Masses offered for mom. My sister, Cindy, and my brothers, Walter, David, and Paul (along with myself) are most grateful for your kindness. One more thank you to all who greeted me so warmly and extended hugs and words of condolence upon my return to the parish this past week. Please continue to pray for me and my family as we grieve the loss of my mother and my sister, Diana.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ