2 August 2020
18th Sunday In Ordinary Time (A)
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist’s death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick.
When evening came, the disciples went to him and said, ‘This is a lonely place, and the time has slipped by; so send the people away, and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food.’ Jesus replied, ‘There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they answered ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.’ ‘Bring them here to me’ he said. He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.
“The Father gives us the Bread from Heaven”
And man, especially modern man, is so hungry: hungry for truth, justice, love, peace, beauty; but, above all, hungry for God. “We must hunger for God!”, St Augustine exclaims. It is he, the heavenly Father, who gives us the true bread!
This bread, which we need, is first and foremost Christ, who gives himself to us in the sacramental signs of the Eucharist, and makes us hear, at every Mass, the words of the last Supper: “Take and eat, all of you: this is my body offered in sacrifice for you.” In the sacrament of the eucharistic bread—the Second Vatican Council affirms —”the unity of all believers who form one body in Christ is both expressed and brought about. All men are called to this union with Christ, who is the light of the world, from whom we go forth, through whom we live, and toward whom our journey leads us.”
The bread that we need is, moreover, the Word of God, because “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4; cf. Dt 8:3). Certainly, men, too, can express and utter words of high value. But history shows us how the words of men are sometimes insufficient, ambiguous, disappointing, biased; while the Word of God is full of truth (cf. 2 Sam 7:28; 1 Cor 17:26); it is upright (Psalms 33:4); it is stable and remains for ever (cf. Psalms 119:89; 1 Pet 1:25).
We must listen religiously to this Word continually; assume it as the criterion of our way of thinking and acting; get to know it, by means of assiduous reading and personal meditation; but especially, we must day after day, in all our behaviour, make it ours, put it into practice.
St. John Paul II
Saints of the week
- Tue 4 St. John Mary Vianney, priest (1786-1859).
- Wed 5 Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.
- Thur 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
- Fri 7 St. Sixtus, pope and martyr (+258).
- Sat 8 St. Dominic, priest (1170-1221).
Next Sunday’s Readings
- 1 Kings 19:9a,11-13a
- Ps 85: I will hear what God proclaims.
- Romans 9:1-5
- Matthew 14:22-33
St. Dominic was born in Spain, in 1170. As a student, he sold his books to feed the poor in a famine, and offered himself in ransom for a slave.
At the age of twenty-five he became superior of the Canons Regular of Osma, and accompanied his Bishop to France. There his heart was well-nigh broken by the ravages of the Albigenian heresy, and his life was henceforth devoted to the conversion of heretics and the defence of the Faith. For this end he established his threefold religious Order.
The convent for nuns was founded first, to rescue young girls from heresy and crime. Then a company of apostolic men gathered around him, and became the Order of Friar Preachers.
God blessed the new Order, and France, Italy, Spain, and England welcomed the Preaching Friars. Our Lady took them under her special protection, and whispered to St. Dominic as he preached. It was in 1208, while St. Dominic knelt in the little chapel of Notre Dame de la Prouille, and implored the great Mother of God to save the Church, that Our Lady appeared to him, gave him the Rosary, and bade him go forth and preach. Beads in hand, he revived the courage of the Catholic troops, led them to victory against overwhelming numbers, and finally crushed the heresy.
At length, on the 6th of August, 1221, at the age of fifty-one, he gave up his soul to God. (Source: www.dailygospel.org)
St. Dominic, pray for us.
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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin – This year the Solemnity of the Assumption, August 15th, is not a holy day of obligation, because it falls on a Saturday. However, in our parish we will celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption on Saturday the 15th at the 4 and 6 pm masses at Agia Kyriaki and at the 6pm mass in Polis. These masses will also count for your Sunday obligation.
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