1 Aug 2021

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Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15  The people protest their sparse conditions, and God sends them bread from heaven.

Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54  This saving event becomes a sign for the ages: God gave the people manna to eat.

Ephesians 4:17, 20-24  The old, empty way of illusion and desire must give way to fresh, spiritual thinking.

John 6:24-35  Jesus feeds the crowds miraculously, and they seek the perpetual free lunch.

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Homilist’s overview of August

Liturgical themes and feasts

The dog days of summer make water seem more precious. August is Water Quality Month, a time to learn simple ways to protect our water supply. The stewardship continues on September 1, which is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation as a whole.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

Manna from heaven is what we’re all waiting for. But we keep looking up to the sky to find it, instead of in the Body of Christ, namely our sisters and brothers.

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Exploring the word

A new way of thinking

The brain is a disorderly vehicle for thinking: untidy and easily distracted. It also has the unnerving tendency to act like a sieve whenever we’re trying to remember something important, meanwhile fastening stubbornly on the disturbing incident we’d most like to forget.

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Homily stories

Reading the signs

We were driving from Chicago to St. Augustine Florida and were very hungry. The Golden Arches, the Colonel, and other familiar neon signs beckoned us. When we stopped for gas, we asked a couple with two toddlers where we could get an authentic, inexpensive meal.

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Homily stories

The hamster wheel of my mind

Mark Twain wrote, “I have known many troubles in my life, most of which never happened.” I know about such troubles, too. These are the troubles looming just out in the future that occupy my mind in unguarded moments throughout the day or especially as I try to drift off to sleep.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

With faith in God’s salvation, we ask for mercy.

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Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.

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