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Sunday Reflection for August 02, 2015
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sunday Summary

Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 God accepts the grumbling and feeds the people with unexpected bread and meat.
Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 We celebrate the memory of manna from heaven: God provides heavenly food for us.
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 Once we learn Christ, we cannot continue to live according to earth-bound patterns.
John 6:24-35 The crowds still chase food that perishes when Jesus is right in their midst.

18th Sunday
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Exploring the Word
The great debate begins
For the next four weeks, the whole church concentrates on a single chapter of John’s gospel. Its subject is Jesus, the Bread of Life. It’s rare in the liturgical calendar to provide such a prolonged emphasis, but our intent focus is a matter of importance to our lives as Catholic Christians. We gather weekly around this table of our Eucharist, hoping to discover ever more deeply its meaning. In John chapter six, we’re exploring the great mystery of what calls us here: What is the purpose of assembling each Sunday to confess our failures, listen to God’s word, ask for what we need, give praise and thanks, ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for August 01, 2015
What do I do now?

Many Catholics have been subscribers to The Ligourian, a popular magazine known for its concrete advice to readers seeking answers about how to live as good Christians. But remember that a question phrased as, “What am I supposed to do?” can imply that there exists a definitive “supposed to” answer, and that often leads to narrow, doctrinaire opinions, whereas Alphonse had “an optimistic view of the human person.” Better to ask, “What kind of compassionate and responsible follower of Christ am I in this situation?” Is there room in you for grace, generosity, and mercy, or do you tend to be rigid and absolute? If the latter, there is plenty of room for you to sit often at the feet of Jesus and ask for his Spirit.

Today's readings:Leviticus 25:1, 8-17; Matthew 14:1-12 (406).
“Do not deal unfairly, then, but stand in fear of your God.”

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World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, August 02, 2015

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» Boy, is he ready to read – This Sunday’s first reading narrates how the hungry Israelite community in the desert marveled when their prayers were answered by manna from heaven. Matthew Flores, a 12-year-old boy in a Salt Lake City suburb, was so hungry to learn . . . More...
» Thou shalt not, rules Oklahoma Supreme Court – Moses the lawgiver, famous for delivering the Ten Commandments, plays a central role in the Exodus saga referenced in several readings this Sunday. Despite their historical significance, a stone monument of the Ten Commandments . . . More...
» “Bishop of bling” may get big bill – Now that we are a new creation in Christ, Saint Paul encourages us to “put away the old self … corrupted through deceitful desires.” A German bishop who apparently had not overcome the desire for luxury is being called to account by his former diocese . . . More...
» Bernie barnstorms – “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites,” said the Lord as he promised manna in the morning and quail in the evening to sustain the people in the desert in the first reading this Sunday. “The American people are saying loudly and clearly, enough is enough," . . . More...
Quote of the Week

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

—Martin Buber

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Fact of the Week

Close to half of all people in developing countries suffer at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...