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18th Sunday of the Year - I am the Bread of Life

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 08/02/2015

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As the spirit of destructive discord increases around Jesus, we see the crucial need to work for peace and unity, especially in challenging times.

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Daily Mass: Confronting the darkness show art Daily Mass: Confronting the darkness

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The readings today remind us of the reality of evil and its blinding presence in our lives. Yet as we confront the darkness of sin we find that our help comes from the light of Christ, who gives us the courage and strength we need.

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Daily Mass: Our hope is found in Jesus Christ show art Daily Mass: Our hope is found in Jesus Christ

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Just as Moses intervened for the people of Israel when they turned away from God, Jesus - the Son of God - intervenes for our sinfulness by his saving action on the Cross.

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The angel Gabriel was sent from God...and the world was forever changed with Mary's response! May this Good News strengthen our hearts as we speak words of hope to one another today.

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Daily Mass: God's life giving touch show art Daily Mass: God's life giving touch

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God's touch brings life giving power that leads to healing and wholeness. As we confront the physical illness of COVID-19, we also call upon the Lord to restore whatever is wounded in body, mind, heart and soul.

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Daily Mass: God's grace gives us hope show art Daily Mass: God's grace gives us hope

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The Scripture readings today all reference human hardship: suffering, battle and illness. Yet through it all we have hope as we see how God gives us the grace we need to overcome these challenges every time we turn to Christ.

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With COVID-19 disrupting our daily routines, many people have new "pockets" of time. Here are a few ideas what to do with them!

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As Samuel is looking at Jesse's sons, he is reminded that the Lord sees our lives differently than we do. May we look at the current situation of our world today and ask for the grace to see with God's eyes.

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The prophet Hosea and Jesus offer words encouraging us to acknowledge humbly our sins and turn to the Lord for mercy and compassion.

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Jesus teaches in Mark's Gospel that the greatest commandments are about loving God and one another. In these current times with COVID-19 we have incredible opportunities to put these two commandments into practice.

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Have you ever "wanted" something - thinking that if you only had this one thing you would be...happy, fulfilled, and free of care?  There are many good (and some not so good) things that we can want, but none of them will completely satisfy us.  We are left restless, longing for something at the center of our our hearts.  We know that nothing in this world will satisfy us for a simple reason:

Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life."

The Lord knows us, loves us, died and rose for us, and longs for us to be united in his Sacred Heart.  Christ comes to us - sharing his Body and Blood - that we might never hunger and thirst again.   When we draw near to the altar, may our "Amen" resound with a desire to unite our hearts to Jesus Christ - the one who knows our wants, but responds to our needs.

August 1, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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