Year B, Lectionary 113
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
"What does it mean to be a human being? What are we, really? The answer our children are taught in school is that we are just animals, the result of a long process of accidents in which an amoeba became a fish, became a lizard, became a monkey, became us. So, all we are is a material body, a fluke of the universe, a “selfish gene,” and when we die, that’s it."
John Bergsma. "Mysterious Bread of the Covenant." The Sacred Page. July 30, 2021
Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
"It’s strange what leaps out at us at times when we read passages of the scriptures which are very familiar to us. With this Sunday’s Gospel, familiarity draws us so easily to the end, and to Our Lord’s great statement that he is the bread of life. What happens towards the beginning seems less noteworthy, and yet is well worth pausing and giving some consideration."
Fr. Robert Gay. "Let God be God." Torch. July 28, 2021
"It’s 2018 – and we are starving to death. Look around, you know it to be true. In a society where there is such a surplus of wealth, those words by now Saint Mother Teresa ring with truth more than ever. Everyone has a smartphone and the internet at their fingertips, technology is supposed to bring us together, but we are lonelier now than ever before. And we’ve isolated ourselves from the One True God..."
Joseph LaCombe. "A Living Relationship with Christ." A Catholic Moment. August 5, 2018
"The great French thinker, Blaise Pascal, famously wrote that all humanity’s miseries stem from our inability to remain quietly in our rooms. According to Pascal, our restlessness gets us into a lot of trouble. All strife, from family arguments to great wars, ultimately has its roots in this lack of inner peace and repose."
Fr. John O'Connor. "Restlessness and Peace." Torch. August 1, 2018
"St Thomas Aquinas says in a neat way that there are three things necessary for our salvation: to know what to believe, to know what to desire and to know what to do. Of course he is not the first one to stress the importance of knowledge, whether practical or theoretical. The value of knowledge has been key to many philosophical or religious movements. It is expressed in the familiar “Know thyself” of the Delphic..."
Fr. Benedict Jonak. "Knowing Our Needs." Torch. July 28, 2015
"“You can know a thing to death, and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it. A man can know his father, or his son, and there might still be nothing between them but loyalty and love and mutual incomprehension.” So says the old preacher, Ames, to his son in the book Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. It seems to me to express a deep, and strange truth."
Fr. Peter Hunter. "Seeing in Love." Torch. August 5, 2012
"God satisfies the hunger of his people. The readings today challenge us to rely on God as the only source of our survival for He does not only satisfy our material hunger, He equally fills us with his own life. The Word and the Eucharist thus become life-giving gifts of God to us. We are therefore encouraged today to renew our commitment for these great gifts serve as emblem of eternal life."
Father Lawrence Obilor. "Jesus the life-giving Bread." A Catholic Moment. August 1, 2021
"The current recession is making many people forego things that they cannot at the moment afford. But one thing we cannot do without is food and drink. We can reduce it a bit, or buy cheaper and simpler food, but we cannot cut it out completely. We do need food for our bodily sustenance; but food means much more to us than petrol does to a car. Our eating and drinking have a greater dimension,..."
Fr. Fabian Radcliffe. "Food and Faith." Torch. August 2, 2009
"People can sometimes seem very ungrateful. I remember that once when I was studying at our priory in Oxford, a couple came to the door and asked for a sandwich. So I went off to our kitchen and made them both some cheese sandwiches. But when I came back and gave them the sandwiches, I felt horrified that they demanded to know why I had not put any pickle in them! I remember thinking: How..."
Fr. Charles Dominique. "It is right to give him thanks and praise." Torch. August 3, 2003