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12 August 2018

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings at Mass
1st: 1 Kings 19:4-8
Ps: 33:2-9
2nd: Ephesians 4:30 – 5:2
Gospel: John 6:41-51

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.

The Jews were complaining to each other about Jesus, because he had said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ ‘Surely this is Jesus son of Joseph’ they said. ‘We know his father and mother. How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’ Jesus said in reply, ‘Stop complaining to each other. ‘No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets: They will all be taught by God, and to hear the teaching of the Father, and learn from it, is to come to me.

Not that anybody has seen the Father, except the one who comes from God: he has seen the Father. I tell you most solemnly, everybody who believes has eternal life. ‘I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the desert and they are dead; but this is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a man may eat it and not die.

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

Drawn by the Father

He took man’s flesh upon Him, but not after the manner of men; for, His Father being in heaven, He chose a mother upon earth, and was born of her without a father. The answer to the murmurers next follows: Jesus therefore answered and said to them, Murmur not among yourselves; as if to say, I know why you hunger not after this bread, and so cannot understand it, and do not seek it: No man can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draw him. This is the doctrine of grace: none comes, unless he be drawn. But whom the Father draws, and whom not, and why He draws one, and not another, presume not to decide, if you would avoid falling into error. Take the doctrine as it is given you: and, if you are not drawn, pray that you may be.
St. Augustine, Catena Aurea

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS
Mon 13 Ss. Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs  
Tue 14 St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest, Martyr 
Wed 15 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemnity 
Thu 16 St. Stephen of Hungary  
Sat 18 Memorial of the BVM    

Psalter week III

20th Sunday OT:
1st: Proverbs 9:1-6
Ps: 33:2-3,10-15
2nd: Ephesians 5:15-20
Gospel: John 6:51-58

St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Immaculata

St Maximilian was born in 1894 to pious parents in occupied Poland. He was a mischievous child, when one day he had a vision of the Mother of God showing him a red crown representing martyrdom and a white one representing holiness. She told him to choose, and he chose both. At age thirteen, he entered the minor seminary with his elder brother and a few years later, he was given the Franciscan habit along with the name “Maximilian Mary.” Doubts about his vocation assailed him to the point of leaving the monastery to join the Polish Army, only to realise that he was called to fight the spiritual battle in religious life. Back with the Franciscans, he grew in his understanding of the Virgin Mary’s role in our sanctification. In 1917, one year before his ordination, he founded the “Knights of the Immaculate” with the purpose of honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary and sanctifying as many souls as possible. As a Priest, after some health problems, he launched an amazing apostolic endeavour: the City of the Immaculate (Niepokalanów) with about 800 friars and a huge print shop dedicated to spread Marian devotion through books, magazines, pamphlets and a newspaper. In 1930, a similar achievement was done in Japan where many conversions were wrought.

In September, 1939, the Nazis occupied Poland and came to the City of the Immaculate imprisoning many of the friars for about two months and destroying the print shop. Soon, the City of the Immaculate turned into a war refuge. In 1941, Father Maximilian was again arrested and taken to a concentration camp where he was constantly seen helping his fellow prisoners. In July that same year, after someone had escaped, ten inmates were selected for the starvation bunker to intimidate the rest, and when one of them cried out: “My poor wife; my poor children!” St. Maximilian offered himself in his place. Two weeks later, Father Maximilian was the last one alive in the bunker and was injected with carbolic acid, it was August 14, the vigil of the Assumption of Maximilian’s beloved Immaculata.

St. Maximilian Kolbe,

Pray for us.

Weekly News

Help CARITAS We need someone to help us bag the vegetables for the food program, can be temporarily. Call Wendy 9904 0294. Donations and prayers are always welcome.

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