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19th Sunday of the Year: You are what you eat. Catholic Inspiration

As we continue to hear the “Bread of Life” discourse from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, we reflect on how our spiritual health is renewed by the frequent and worthy reception of Holy Communion. We are what we eat!

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 19th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes present in the readings for the 19th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – 1 Kings 19:4-8

  • Elijah is hungry in the wilderness and is fed by the angel of God.
  • Elijah’s food is meant to strengthen him for his journey.

Psalm – 34:2-9

  • “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
  • We give praise and glory to God who saves us from distress.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 4:30-5:2

  • We are imitators of God as beloved children and live in love.
  • We cast out vices and we forgive one another as God has forgiven us.

Gospel – John 6:41-51

  • Continuing with the “Bread of Life” discourse from last week, Jesus addresses those who are murmuring.
  • Christ reaffirms that he is the living bread; whoever eats this bread will live forever.

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

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18th Sunday of the Year: Holy Communion is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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In the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel Jesus says that he is the Bread of Life, and as we hear these words in the context of the New Testament and the early Church we come to the awareness that this bread – our reception of Holy Communion at Mass – is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ!

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 18th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes that surface in the readings for this 18th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Exodus 16:2-4,12-15

  • The people are hungry in the wilderness, and they are now grumbling against Moses and Aaron.
  • God instructs Moses to prepare the people to receive quail and manna.

Psalm – 78:2-4,23-25,54

  • “The Lord gave them bread from heaven.”
  • The Psalmist recounts the miracle from the Book of Exodus, highlighting God’s abundant goodness.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 4:17,20-24

  • The people are called to put away the corruption and deceit of their former way of life.
  • They seek God’s way in righteousness and truth as they put on the new self in Christ.

Gospel – John 6:24-35

  • Jesus responds to the questions of the people, including their request for a work of God that they can do.
  • Jesus teaches them to believe in him – the one sent from God – and the Lord then states that he is the bread of life.

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: A faith that feeds others. Catholic Inspiration

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Philip shares his faith in Jesus with an Ethiopian eunuch. As we are nourished by Christ, our bread of life, we are strengthened to pass on the faith to one another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Jesus Christ is the bread of life. Catholic Inspiration

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Following the death of Stephen the disciples face violent persecution even as they continue to grow in numbers and perform amazing deeds in the name of Jesus.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The courage to face death. Catholic Inspiration

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The seventh chapter of Acts recounts the martyrdom of Stephen and offers us an insight into the courage of the early Church. Where does this strength come from? Jesus Christ, the bread of life!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Jesus is the Bread of Life. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches that he is “the bread of life” and whoever comes to him will never hunger.  The Lord sustains us with this living bread, giving us the strength we need to face the challenges of life today.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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19th Sunday of the Year: From grumbling to grace. Catholic Inspiration

In the Scriptures we see a common theme: God’s response to the grumbling, griping, complaining and murmuring of others.  May we live each day, not feeding our fears, but feasting on the faith that comes from the Bread of Life!

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

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19th Sunday of the Year: An antidote to grumbling

Study:  What are some of your regular chores?  Which ones do you find boring, dreary, dull, or difficult?

Pray:  Take a moment to count your blessings.  Consider the many ways you have been blessed by God.

Serve:  How can you help someone with a difficult chore?  How can you assist another with a challenging task?

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

Every summer my sister and I had a standard routine during school vacation.  We would get up, have some breakfast, and face the dreaded work list.  Our mother was the master of list making – with her perfect penmanship, she would write out the chores that needed to be done before Amy and I could go down to the beach for some fun.  We would groan and complain,”This is SO HARD!” while mom just smiled and reminded us that we all have work to do to keep the house running.

One time when I was feeling particularly oppressed, I had the gall to ask, “What did you do?” and I discovered that my folks:

  • Paid all the bills
  • Kept up on all the maintenance of the house
  • Provided for all our food and clothing
  • Handled mysterious things like “insurance” and “taxes”

In other words, I quickly discovered that my life – even with my terrible chores – depended completely on them.

Both Elijah and the crowds in the Gospel discover a similar lesson today.  Elijah was grumbling and the people were murmuring, but God fed them (both physically and spiritually) with food for this life and the next.

The point is simple: our lives are completely and entirely dependent upon God.  While it is true and important to note that we all have work to do, it is crucial to remember that we have this work because God allows it.  Our lives are supported every moment by the grace of the Almighty; the Lord sustains our lives so that we might offer them in our work…the “chores” that we get to do.  What’s more, God nourishes us so that we can do these chores with strength, courage, and wisdom.

For several weeks now we have heard how God feeds us with heavenly bread; perhaps today we might take a moment in gratitude to thank the Lord for what we have received, so that we can do today’s work with an open mind and a willing heart.  May our chores remind us that they are part of life – a gift which we have received from God.

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Note: this blog was first published on August 4, 2015.


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