August 5, 2018: Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door. There are other doors that should not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems. (47) Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis
First Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
Psalm: 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
Gospel: John 6:24-35
Catechism of the Catholic Church
As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins.231 By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him:
Since Christ died for us out of love, when we celebrate the memorial of his death at the moment of sacrifice we ask that love may be granted to us by the coming of the Holy Spirit. We humbly pray that in the strength of this love by which Christ willed to die for us, we, by receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, may be able to consider the world as crucified for us, and to be ourselves as crucified to the world. . . Having received the gift of love, let us die to sin and live for God. (1394) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Entering the Bread of Life discourse in John’s Gospel entails the experience of each mass. The Real Presence of Jesus that we receive in our hands and drink from the cup fulfilling a yearning only satiable in the Eucharistic presence. The True Bread from heaven that gives life to the world. If we grumble, live life unsatisfied even when food fills our plates and we are not roaming in search shelter, do we follow the instructions of the Lord to eat and drink His Body and Blood? Or do we not know what we are eating? Have we not listened to the footsteps of the millenniums processing to receive the True Food, the abundance of God’s blessings within us? If we try to grasp this in the futility of our minds, we end up baffled and corralled by deceitful desires. But the Bread of Life renews the Spirit of Christ within us to put on a new self. To allow ourselves to go beyond the signs of faith, a transformation of acceptance precipitating belief that endures for eternal life. A place where no work will ever attain from money or position resulting in perishable rewards. Asked for belief in the one God sent as an affirmation of our affinity of faith to see beyond the physical, to reason beyond our mind and let faith become an experience of our heart. Only our heart grasps God’s love, takes us beyond the frailties of material desires to ground us to what we say Amen to with the reception of each host and sip from each cup. Letting that give us life, we are called to go forth and give life to the world. To walk out the doors of a church with that embodiment for our lives may seem daunting, but we have the assurance of Jesus he is the Bread of Life. When we come to Him and allow ourselves to be consumed by what we consume and believing in the Real Presence, we will never thirst for another way of life. AMEN !
Individual Reflection: John 6:24-35
Write an entry in your journal about what the Real Presence of Jesus means to you when receiving the Eucharist.
Family Reflection:Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
August 6th is the Transfiguration of the Lord. Sing the song Transfigure Us O Lord and reflect on the meaning of the Lord’s transfiguration in your faith journey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvFdqxlVJtE
Prayer: Go to daily mass this week and ponder the gift of receiving Eucharist every day.
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As we reflect upon Mary’s presence in the mysteries of the Rosary, we are blessed to know her. For her journey, a timeless trek, calls us to surrender, continuing conversion, humbleness and justice now.
Weekly lectionary reflections, for faith sharing groups, parish bulletins, newsletters or personal prayer, from the synergy of the Word we hear and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born July 28, 2018 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.