Audio Readings August 5, 2012 Sunday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time

(Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35)

“My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.” (John 6:32)

After another long day of travel­ing in the desert, you and your fellow Israelites are tired, hungry, and dis­couraged. “Is the Lord in our midst or not?” you demand (Exodus 17:7). But the next morning, you awake to find a white, wafer-like substance covering the ground, and you hear Moses calling out: “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat” (Exodus 16:15).

We are pretty familiar with the story of the manna in the desert. But did you know that this “heav­enly bread” was so valuable that the Israelites placed a vessel filled with manna in the ark of the covenant? There it stayed for generations as a constant reminder of God’s care and presence among them.

We continue this tradition today by reserving the Blessed Sacrament in a tabernacle in every church. This tabernacle stands as a new “ark of the covenant,” reminding us of the new covenant that God made with us in Christ. But it does so much more than that. We believe that the bread in our tabernacles is not just flour and water. It is the body of Christ. In a wonderful, sacramental way, Jesus is present in the taber­nacle. He is there to remind us of our new covenant but also to wel­come us whenever we come to pray to him. He is there to speak to us, to minister to us, and to lift our hearts up to heaven. Blessed Pope John Paul II captured this beautifully when he wrote:

It is pleasant to spend time with [Jesus], to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple and to feel the infinite love present in his heart… . How often, dear brothers and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, con­solation and support! (On the Eucharist, 25) Jesus is waiting for you in the tab­

ernacle. Try to carve out some time this week to rest in his presence.

“All glory to you, Jesus! You never sleep nor slumber. Come, Lord and deepen our love for you, the Bread of Life!”~WAU

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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