Friars Corner: Work for the Bread of Life that lasts forever

Fr. Bob Hilz, TORExodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23-25, 54; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35

Come Holy Spirit, enlighten the darkness of our minds and hearts.

This week again we are looking at the “bread of life” stories from Exodus 16 and John 6. In Exodus story as the Jews had left Egypt, they complained about the lack of food in the desert. God provided bread in the morning and quail in the evening. With all of our abundance and variety of food we could wonder about a steady diet for years of bread and quail. God was testing their confidence in him and he does the same for us today.

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Pray with Pope Francis for his August intentions

Universal: That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy.

Evangelization: That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbours to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society.

(Vatican Radio 4-28-15)  Pope Francis said on Tuesday that poverty is the great teaching Jesus gave us and we can find his face among the poor and needy. Stressing that the poor are not a burden but a resource, he said he wished that both the city of Rome and the local Church community could be more attentive, caring and considerate towards those in need and that Christians could knee before a poor person. The Pope’s words came during a video message which was broadcast at a charity theatre performance organised by Caritas Roma. 

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Got Joy? Latest posts 7-31-15

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The logic of giving, according to Jesus

Vatican City, 26 July 2015 (VIS) – At midday today Pope Francis appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. He commented on the day's Gospel passage, which narrates “the great sign of the multiplication of the loaves,” when Jesus finds Himself on the shores of the Sea of Galilee surrounded by the multitude, drawn by the “signs He was performing on the sick.”

Francis remarked that God's merciful power acts in Christ, curing every malady of the body and the spirit. But He is not merely a healer, He is also a teacher; He teaches from the “cathedra” represented by the mount and tests His disciples, asking them how they can give food to all the people present. The apostle Philip makes a rapid calculation, confirming that by organizing a collection they could raise at most two hundred denari to buy bread, which would not be sufficient to feed five thousand people.

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God wants to manifest himself in each one of us. He joins us with the people of God throughout the world who are seeking to follow him with their whole hearts, to serve him and to serve the Church.

The Lord has instructed us to “be like him.” How do we achieve this goal? We can’t do this on our own, but by experiencing the power in our lives as the Lord promised in Acts 1:8,

You will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you,  and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

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Friar’s Corner: Give food to the people and you will have some left over

2 Kings 4:42-44; Ps 145:10-11, 15-18; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15

I want to begin again by asking the Holy Spirit to increase our understanding. “Come, Holy Spirit come! And from your clear celestial home, shed a ray of Light Divine!”

In this year of the B Cycle of Sunday readings we are looking at that famous chapter 6 of St. John’s gospel. St. John takes certain major miracles stories in Christ’s life. St. John develops them more than the other gospels. This chapter is a long one about Jesus giving us a way to receive his daily food. In the Our Father Jesus taught us to ask the Father each day for “daily bread.” And Jesus offers us this daily bread at Mass every day, all over the world. And we have some leftovers we keep in the tabernacle for communion of those who are seriously ill and for adoration services.

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Got Joy? Newest posts 7-24-15

  • Conversions coming up –  In conversion of the worst sinner, God may show his Divine power to reach someone in an instant. Clearly no one is so lowly as to be beyond his reach.
  • The cost of peace  – Are we depending on ideal circumstances for a transient peace? Peace on our terms? What illusions of peace are costing you the genuine peace of the Kingdom?
  • Friars Corner: The Lord is my Shepherd – Do you know Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd? Do you know the Shepherd?


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Conversions coming up! by Patti Armstrong

Dear Lord, I pray for the conversion of ______(fill in the blank). We all have names to insert. Divine lightening to strike them into holy submission would be lovely, but even a simple push in the right direction would be mightily appreciated.

“Whatever you ask in my name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son,” John 14:13. God will keep his promises, so in Jesus’ name we pray. And wait.

Waiting tempts us to impatience. Yet, there is always the story of St. Monica. The conversion of her son St. Augustine happened after she prayed for 17 years. (Some calculate it as more years, depending on when you start counting, but suffice to say she got down on her knees quite a few times.)

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