19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 12, 2018

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Father Jim Valk

August 1, 2018

In our world we recognize that we hunger for many things – for things beyond food.  We hunger for love, for forgiveness, for success, for recognition, for acceptance, to name only a few.  This ‘hunger’ can drive us to do things we might not normally do under normal circumstances.  However in our world there is also a spiritual hunger that is also part of our experience and reality.  Today Jesus tells us that he is “the bread of life”.  This bread will take away our hunger and fill us with life.  The Eucharist, which nourishes us in Word and Sacrament, can fill that (and every) hunger.  In the Eucharist we discover the food that sustains us and unites us with God – our true hunger.  On this Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, let us renew our recognition that this “bread of life … come down from heaven“ is what we most seek, and that it alone will satisfy our deepest hunger.  Jesus awaits us at the celebration of his Body and Blood, to be nurtured and fed, to take away every hunger.