2 Aug 2020

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A


Isaiah 55:1-3  Why waste money on what fails to satisfy?

Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18  All of us are eating out of God’s own hand.

Romans 8:35, 37-39  No power exists that can keep us from the love of God in Christ.

Matthew 14:13-21  God supplies what is lacking in the loaves and fishes.

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Homilist’s overview of August

Liturgical themes and feasts

Summer days end soon, and teachers and students go back to school, in whatever form that takes this unusual year. The weight of history descends as we observe memorials of the destruction of Hiroshima (6) and Nagasaki (9). We’re also challenged to do justice in the present: on World Indigenous Peoples’ Day (also 9), International Youth Day (12), World Humanitarian Day (19), and International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition (23).

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

In today’s first reading, Isaiah prophesies that God’s invitation to us is totally free and without any strings attached. Saint Paul says nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

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Exploring the word

Neither the present nor the future

If I could rescue only a handful of verses from the last Bible to be flung on some apocalyptic bonfire, I admit these lines from Romans 8 would be contenders. They have been among my favorites for years. How many times have I found myself in a difficult hour, wondering how I might pull myself out of this one, only to find these words floating into consciousness: Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

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In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully—someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick.

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Homily stories

Share the food

I don’t know how she did it. My mom did all the cooking. Her mother, Nona, never cooked. Her sister, Zia Maria, showed up just in time to put on an apron attempting to steal some of the compliments. 

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Homily stories

Are you prepared for love?

Today’s gospel assures us that we will be fed and that nothing, not even Jesus’ own grief, will separate us from God’s love. Christ is always on call for us, ready to heal and console. How many of us can say the same?

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

We are called to the table of God's love and forgiveness.

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Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.

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