EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR + B MISSION APPEAL FROM COMBONI FATHERS. 5TH AUGUST 2012.
My Dear People,
The summer holidays are upon us and numbers are down as people go away for a break. The folk in the Gospel today went on a break across the sea of Galilee to look for our Lord who had shown himself so great when he had multiplied he loaves and the fishes. They were after more of he same - free food in any age is received with gladness after all. However there is a barb to this account.
Our Lord tells them that they are only coming because they got free bread and that they should rather work and seek "the bread that lasts forever."
Our Lord is talking about the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Communion, the Eucharistic sacrifice, of course. Now we know that because we are believers. The apostles would have heard our Lord’s words but not understood – at least not until the Last Supper when he said over the bread "This is my Body - take and eat". Even then I reckon it was Pentecost before they really understood.
Just look at the way Jesus unfolds this new revelation which has been brought to the fore by the response he got from the feeding of the five thousand. It is not Moses (Manna) who gave you bread from heaven. It is my Father who gives you bread from Heaven (now) - the TRUE bread which has down from heaven and gives life to the world...Remember always that our Blessed Lord was born in Bethlehem which means “house of Bread” for it is the land where most of the wheat grew to feed Israel.
Now - Jesus is revealing that he himself is the “true bread , come down from heaven”. He came to give life to the world. He was born of the Virgin Mary and truly came down from heaven to earth. He is existed before time began – he is the Eternal Son – there was never a time when he was not and yet he has come down from heaven and is the bread which gives life to the world.
Thousands of priests offer the Holy Mass everyday - and the True Bread still comes down from heaven and gives life o the world. The Mass is offered – the sacrifice of praise is made and the Bread of the Lord’s Risen life comes to us and gives us life. Every tabernacle is a focus of eternal life emanating from the Blessed Sacrament.
The people said “Give us that bread always” and Jesus says “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE”. What more proof do we want that our Lord is truly present as the Bread of life under the appearances in the Mass of the host and the chalice?
What a wonderful unfolding of the mystery. Our Lord allows them to dialogue with him and gently shows them who is the Bread which they can eat and never again be hungry. This bread is Jesus Himself in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. The Priests - remember that at the heart of every priest’s life there is the Mass from which we receive the Bread that lasts forever. Pray that all priest will celebrate, daily the Mass, with zeal and loving devotion. Pray that many more young men will respond to the vocation to be a Priest. Pray that we will never be let without the Bread that comes down from heaven.
Safe hols and safe return,
Father Tom Connolly
COMBONI FATHERS MISSION APPEAL TODAY AND WE WELCOME FATHER FRANCO AND PLEASE BE GOOD TO HIM- HE CARRIES THE BREAD OF LIFE TO THE WAITING NATIONS.
I AM IN LOURDES WITH THE DIOCESE AS YOU READ THIS. I BROUGHT MANY PETITIONS FOR THE GROTTO AND I HAVE PUT THEM THERE IN THE BOX FOR PETITIONS AND LIT A CANDLE FOR THE PARISHIONERS - ALL OF YOU.