This weekend we celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s Gospel, the crowds go to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they find him and question him as to when he arrived, Jesus tells them they are not seeking him because they saw signs, but because they ate the loaves he provided and were filled. We know Jesus cared for their physical needs in feeding them, but in doing so, they did not see the deeper meaning in what was being done for them and to them. They missed the sign (the revelation) and did not realize who Jesus was - the very person in their midst who performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. We have the advantage of faith, and the testimony of the Twelve along with the Evangelists and all those who have gone before us in faith who have shared their stories of who Jesus is, how he walked this earth, cared for people, gave his life for all, left us the gift of himself, and who reigns in heaven with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. The crowds followed Jesus and walked with him in his ministry, and still struggled with faith in him. We ourselves, who walk by faith, experience signs (and even miracles, sometimes), and still sometimes struggle in really getting to know Jesus, the Christ. It takes some of us a very long time to really understand how close he is to us, how he dwells within us, how he will never forsake us, and how he only wants what is best for us. All we have to do is leave ourselves completely open to his love and his gifts. We have so much for which to be grateful when it comes to the presence of Christ in our midst. One line that especially stands out for me in today’s Gospel is: “Do not work for food that perishes but for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” Jesus indeed has given us food that endures for eternal life. He has given us himself in the Eucharist. We have the opportunity to take part in the Eucharistic meal each weekend, and even on weekdays, in spite of the shortage of priests we are experiencing in the Church these days. Let us never take this gift for granted. Let us daily give thanks to God for the Bread of Life he has provided us through his Son, Jesus.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE 6:30 PM MASS on Tuesdays during the month of August. The Liturgical Ministers for this Tuesday, August 7, are:
Sacristan: Judy LaVigne
Altar Server: Deb Popielarz
Lector: Ed Popielarz
EM of Holy Communion: Cindy and Wes Lamont
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ