EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR + B 2TH AUGUST 2015.
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 the 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 to 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 priests 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 left without the Bread that comes down from heaven.
Safe hols and safe return,
Father Tom Connolly.
THE BISHOP IS IN LOURDES WITH THE DIOCESE AS YOU READ THIS. THEY BROUGHT MANY PETITIONS FOR THE GROTTO AND WILL PUT THEM THERE IN THE BOX FOR PETITIONS AND LIGHT A CANDLE FOR ALL THE SICK OF THE SALFORD DIOCESE IN FRONT OF THE GROTTO – A HUGE ONE. FOR – ALL OF YOU.
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B. 15
Priest: Christ is the true Bread come down from heaven to give life to the world. In the Mass he gives us Himself. We approach the Eternal Father in his Name for all our needs.
Reader: For the Church Universal in its life in the world - that She may always faithfully give men and women the bread of life and so give them the food which lasts forever the Body and Blood of the Saviour. Lord in your mercy.
For the year of priests – that it may being joy and gladness to he priestly vocation and help all priests realise the dignity and gift of their unique calling to be other Christ’s in the midst of God's Holy People. Lord in your mercy.
For all couples preparing for marriage and celebrating Marriage jubilees, that the Lord may bless them in the years ahead, and keep them loving and loyal in their unique friendship. Lord in your mercy.
For all who are fighting against euthanasia that the victory for the pro death lobby this week will be met by the voices of truth and integrity. Help us all to appreciate the gift of life in sickness and in health. Lord in your mercy.
We commend to God our dear sick and frail that the good Lord may give them courage to face life’s trials and we pray for Agnes Halligan, Denis McLoughlin, Kathleen Grimes, Michael Joseph Connolly, Owen Breheny, Julie Brady, Elizabeth Leyden, Michael Nolan, Annette McHale. We also pray for the Salford Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this week and all the sick Pilgrims. Lord in your mercy.
We pray for the eternal happiness for those who have died recently to the Lord of Life: Mary Jeffries, Carmel Tiernan, Mary Gallagher, Gilda Royce, Peter Short, Father Denis Dwyer AND Margaret Boyd (VIGIL) Harry Comiskey (11am), Phyliss Hanna. (Birthday remembrance) Groake Family, Collins Family Diseased, Margaret Morris (8th August Saturday @11.30 Month's Mind).
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful..
O Mary mother of the Bread of life, Our Lady Of Lourdes – pray for us. O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace..
Priest. O Lord and eternal Father who gave us your Eternally Begotten Son as our Bread of Life – listen to the heartfelt pray for all your people who come to you in their need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.