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).
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.”
No one followed the example of St. Francis of Assisi in poverty than Clare. She wished to follow Christ is absolute poverty. Today is the patronal feast day of the cloistered nuns know as Poor Clares.
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.
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.”
Dominic founded a new Order in 1218, the Order of Preachers. Their spirituality centered around: personal and community poverty, the ministry of preaching, and a deep study of the truth. Dominic always carried a copy of the Gospel according to St. Matthew and the Epistles of Paul. It was said that he had them memorized. He died in 1221
Jesus saves Peter from sinking. When troubles seem to sink the Church, Jesus is there. Jesus tells us “Don’t be afraid.” Jesus is always willing to stretch out His hand to save us (sacraments).