June 26, 2019

Tag - Eucharist

Service to the Very End

Comparing the institution of the Eucharist in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) with the Gospel of John, what stands out right away, is that the institution of the Eucharist is missing in the Gospel of John. It has been replaced by the...

Into the Deep

In the Gospel of Luke (5:1-11), Jesus turns to Simon Peter and says: “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” In reply, he speaks for himself and the other disciples: “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing...

Our Celebration of Life

The readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time are a hymn to the culture of life: even life with all the trials and pain, and limits, and hardships that our human frailty imposes on us. This is possible because Christ lives forever to make...

That’s Jesus

Over lunch, a brother deacon recounted the story of his nephew’s First Holy Communion. He noted that after a period of great anticipation, the day had finally arrived. With family having traveled from near and far, all had made their way to the...

The Bread of Angels

In 1856 a boy named Matt was born to a poor family in Ireland, the second of 12 children. His father was a laborer with a fierce temper and a fondness for alcohol; his mother was a hardworking, saintly woman who tried to ensure her children grew up...

Choosing Correctly

Let me try something different this time; we shall consider what the Church feeds us from the Table of God’s Word as a delicious and nourishing dish for us to enjoy for our physical and spiritual well-being. These are the ingredients: Let whoever is...

He Gave Them Bread from Heaven to Eat

What I would like to share with you is a very modest reflection on verse 31 of the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. This whole chapter can be considered a most refined “homily: by Jesus Christ, the Risen...

Gratitude is the Key

One summer day a farmer took a truckload of wheat to the grain elevator at a nearby town; afterwards he went to a small restaurant for lunch. There happened to be a group of rowdy teenagers sitting a few tables over; they were demonstrating poor...