Sunday, August 5, 2018 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 6:24-35
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?" Jesus answered them and said, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal."
So they said to him, " What can we do to accomplish the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, " This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent." So they said to him, " What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. So Jesus said to them, " Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
So they said to him, " Sir, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life: whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst."
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
REFLECTION: On July 29, 2018, in the Sunday gospel reading we see many people were following God because they had seen and were impressed by the sign of feeding more than five thousand people with only 5 loaves of bread and two fishes. They were hungering and longing for more. In Moses time, God gave them manna for sustenance for their physical life. This was a symbol of what was yet to come. However, Jesus was promising himself as the real bread of life, promising no more hunger or thirst for Jesus is offering the very life of God. This life of God is in the Eucharist and can be eaten every day of our lives. What a benevolent God we have, to make us not only in the image of Himself, but to give us eternal life--if we so choose eternal life with God.
PRAYER: Dearest Lord, You are our bread of life and only you can satisfy us. Thank you for feeding us with your very life and for promising to open up heaven for us. Amen
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