Thursday, March 28, 2013

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread


Christ in the Eucharist

John 6:30 begins a colloquy that took place in the synagogue at Capernaum. The Jews asked Jesus what sign he could perform so that they might believe in him. As a challenge, they noted that "our ancestors ate manna in the desert." Could Jesus top that? He told them the real bread from heaven comes from the Father. "Give us this bread always," they said. Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." At this point the Jews understood him to be speaking metaphorically.

Jesus first repeated what he said, then summarized: "‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’" (John 6:51–52).
His listeners were stupefied because now they understood Jesus literally—and correctly. He again repeated his words, but with even greater emphasis, and introduced the statement about drinking his blood: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him" (John 6:53–56).

Notice that Jesus made no attempt to soften what he said, no attempt to correct "misunderstandings," for there were none. Our Lord’s listeners understood him perfectly well. They no longer thought he was speaking metaphorically. If they had, if they mistook what he said, why no correction?
On other occasions when there was confusion, Christ explained just what he meant (cf. Matt. 16:5–12). Here, where any misunderstanding would be fatal, there was no effort by Jesus to correct. Instead, he repeated himself for greater emphasis.
In John 6:60 we read: "Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’" These were his disciples, people used to his remarkable ways. He warned them not to think carnally, but spiritually: "It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life" (John 6:63; cf. 1 Cor. 2:12–14).
But he knew some did not believe. (It is here, in the rejection of the Eucharist, that Judas fell away; look at John 6:64.) "After this, many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him" (John 6:66).
This is the only record we have of any of Christ’s followers forsaking him for purely doctrinal reasons. If it had all been a misunderstanding, if they erred in taking a metaphor in a literal sense, why didn’t he call them back and straighten things out? Both the Jews, who were suspicious of him, and his disciples, who had accepted everything up to this point, would have remained with him had he said he was speaking only symbolically.
But he did not correct these protesters. Twelve times he said he was the bread that came down from heaven; four times he said they would have "to eat my flesh and drink my blood." John 6 was an extended promise of what would be instituted at the Last Supper—and it was a promise that could not be more explicit. Or so it would seem to a Catholic. But what do Fundamentalists say?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Feast Day Of St. Joseph & The Installation of Pope Frances

There is not a word from Joseph in Scripture.  Although, actions of his life are recorded.
He taught Jesus a trade and how to behave.  He was chosen to care for Jesus and Mary.  He was an example to his son on how to love and respect.  Joseph was humble and God's obedient helper.  He always did God's will, no matter how hard it was or what others thought.  You can also pray for St. Joseph's intercession for a happy death.  He must have been comforted by Jesus and Mary in his passing.
My dad's name is Joseph and he was born in March.  I was blessed to have him as my father and I hope other father's can take the time to learn about St. Joseph and imitate him in their child rearing.
Monica from Little Jesus and Me explains a beautiful custom for St. Joseph. 
Today was the installation of Pope Frances.  
In his homily at his installation mass he said:
 "We must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness!"
After mass he greets the faithful. 
He also greets the disabled.
He's an example of tenderness and goodness.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Joy to the Church!
Let the bells ring!
We have a Papa!
Pope Frances
He's an Argentinian and
a man of the people.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Adopt A Cardinal

Adopt a Cardinal here.
By spiritually adopting him you'll have the privilege to pray for your Cardinal during the papal conclave in picking out the next Pope.
My Cardinal is Crescenzio Sepe, from Italy, born 6/2/1943.  He's been a Cardinal since 2001, which means he was a Cardinal during the last papal conclave.  His function is Archbishop of Naples, Italy.


Friday, March 1, 2013



THE BIBLE is an upcoming television mini series.  It's produced by Roma Downey of Touched by an Angel and her husband Mark Burnett producer of Survivor and The Voice.  It begins this Sunday (3/3/13) and will air for the next 5 consecutive weeks, ending on Easter Sunday.  The bible series will cover Genesis through Revelation.  It's a 10 hour series and will air on the History Channel at 8/7 EST.