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Gospel reading John 6:24-35

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : August 2, 2015

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.''

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Father Robert Tywoniak

Blessed Sacrament Church

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: August 2, 2015

Feeding our hungry

Dear Family,

Our parish is made up of many immigrants. Some of us are refugees. I think of my grandparents on both sides of the family. Each immigrated to this country. Together, most immigrants speak of hunger, a hunger for the chance to make a living and to feed themselves. The feeding goes beyond the need for food. There is a hunger to express oneself and to rise to one's potential.

There are many things we hunger for. Yes, food for the stomach and a roof over the head. But there are some things more important.

People hunger for fulfillment in life. We search for meaning, a personal meaning. It is to ask what is my worth? What do I have to offer this world? Such qualitative questions express the basic need of every human being. It is the need to be needed and to belong.

This basic need is filled by God who is the source of all. Yes, God's very being is what we share in. To acknowledge this permits each person to find meaning and a sense of wholeness.

If you have been "hungering" for wholeness, completeness of life, then turn to God and submit to His greatness. It is not a greatness that subordinates a person but that fulfills one. If you participate in the Church that God founded on Earth upon Saint Peter the Rock, you will be fed in so many ways you never knew you needed to be.

So, go to the Lord, come to church on Sundays. Give over to God's love. In time, little by little, your hunger will be fed.


Father Robert Tywoniak

Sacraments: Holy Orders (part 6)

July 30, 2015

For reflection:

  • How can you promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in your ministry?
  • How can you support the priests of your parish in their vocation?

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