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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


Daily Mass: Receive the Bread of Life. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches the crowds that he is the “Bread of Life” that came down from Heaven.  Whoever eats this bread will never hunger again.  May we draw near to the one who feeds us so that strengthened by the Lord we can share His life with one another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year


Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts

Daily Mass: the Bread of Life

Three Great Things

Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

Daily Mass Readings

“I am the Bread of Life” are the words the Lord speaks to the crowd.  This time of year, when 1st Communions are common, may we receive the Lord in the Eucharist with the living bread that feeds our souls.

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20th Sunday of the Year – Come to the Feast – Catholic Inspiration

Three Great Things

Fr. Andrew’s 20th Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

Family dinners – be they big or small – touch our hearts in a number of ways:

  • Nourish our bodies with wholesome, plentiful food
  • Unite us together, setting aside our differences for a moment of peace
  • Empower our lives, for service in the world

The same is true when we come to the Lord’s table at every Mass.  We are nourished with Christ’s Body & Blood.  We are united as the People of God – as brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends.  We are empowered to go forth, touching the hearts of those we meet with the grace and peace of Jesus Christ.

May our reception of Holy Communion feed our souls, foster unity, and empower us to live our lives for the Lord!

20th Sunday of the Year – Come to the Feast

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Study:  What are some of the things that make a dinner special for you?  What makes it a feast?

Pray:  Offer a prayer for those who go hungry this day – either because they lack food or the companionship to share it.

Serve:  Is there someone you know with whom you could share a meal?  How might you make your meal a feast with others?

20th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Growing up in a large Italian-American family, big dinners were a common occurrence.  The usual suspects like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving were typical; but family gatherings (with all the adults talking and the kids talking louder) provided numerous opportunities for people to gather and make the simple task of taking nourishment a beautiful experience for body, mind, heart, and soul.

Tables were set, special foods chosen, delicacies prepared in advance…all these steps to make the dinner something special, something extraordinary.

They were feasts.

Indeed, whenever we take the time and effort to make dining an experience, we create opportunities that touch us on multiple levels.  Good food is augmented by delightful conversation, enlivened with beauty, and woven together with human hopes and dreams.  A feast is not just an abundance of food; it is a rich expression of God’s goodness working through others to nourish our lives in profound ways.

All of the readings point to different ways the Lord sustains our lives:

  • Wisdom sets a rich table, calling us to abandon foolishness to follow her
  • We “taste and see the goodness of the Lord” in the psalm response
  • Ephesians invites us to be filled with the Spirit, living upright lives
  • Jesus commands us to eat his flesh and drink his blood, that we might have eternal life

Every Mass provides us with the opportunity to draw near the altar and be renewed through our reception of Holy Communion.  Christ sets the table for us, inviting us to turn away from destructive and harmful forces, so that we might receive the grace we need to continue on the journey of life.

Come to the Feast!

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