Aug. 13, 2018 (Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c)

Ezekiel is the only prophet called to be a prophet while outside the Holy Land. He had been deported to Babylon. The first chapter is quite puzzling. The rabbis forbade anyone under the age of 30 to read Ezekiel. In today’s reading, we move from verse 5 to verse 24 (leaving out the fantastic vision Ezekiel had regarding the glory of God).

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WK 19B (2018)

The “Bread of Life” discourse promises that people will attain eternal life by “coming to Jesus” and being in union, communion with Him. Jesus is the Bread of Life that has come down from heaven; is the revelation of God given to the people. The fundamental reaction called for is one of “coming to Him,” which is synonymous with belief in Him. We need to respond with an “Amen.” “So be it.” Amen means we are on solid ground. We give our yes, our consent. It requires an openness on our part. For Jesus is the essential for life; therefore, to refuse this invitation and command of Jesus is to miss life and die. Let us make each and every Eucharist a renewal of our faith, our allegiance in Jesus and His teaching, a renewal of faith in the “bread of Life.”

Aug. 10, 2018 (Feast of St. Lawrence)

St. Lawrence is one of the most venerated saints in the Church of Rome next to St. Peter and St. Paul. He was a deacon of the church martyred by the Romans by being burned on a gridiron. 50 years after his martyrdom, Constantine had a basilica constructed over his tomb. The basilica is one of the 7 major churches of Rome.

Aug. 9, 2018 (Prayer)

Prayer of St. John Vianney

“I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath. Amen.”