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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year: B)

Sun 19th
Aug

Old Testament: Prov. 9:1-6
Psalms: Ps. 33:2-3, 10-15
Epistle: Eph. 5:15-20
Gospel: John 6:51-58

Sunday Mass times

Sunday 8:00am 10:00am 6:00pm

Whats Happening

21st
Aug

World Meeting of Families

Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families, from 21st 26th August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.

Today's Gospel

Today’s Gospel begins with a report that the Jews complained about Jesus’ claims regarding his identity.  They knew his family, and they knew he was the son of Joseph.  They could not comprehend what Jesus meant when he said that he came down from heaven.  Jesus responds to the complaints by saying that only those who are chosen by God will recognize him as the one that God sent.  This is a recurring theme in John’s Gospel, that God has chosen those who will have faith in Jesus.

In the verses that follow, Jesus talks more about his unity with the Father.  He is the one who has seen the Father and, therefore, knows the Father.  Those who listen to God will recognize that Jesus is the one sent from God.  Those who believe will have eternal life.  Jesus concludes with the central element of our Eucharistic theology.  He promises that the bread of life will bring eternal life to those who partake of it, and he tells us that the bread of life will be his own flesh, given for the life of the world.

In today’s reading, we hear Jesus say again, as he did in last week's Gospel, that he is the bread of life.  We also hear Jesus add that he is the living bread.  Both of these statements help us understand better the gift that Jesus gives us in the Eucharist.  We celebrate this gift of Jesus each time we gather for Mass and we believe that receiving Jesus in the Eucharist will lead us to eternal life.

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