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From the Pastor's Desk

Fr. Dan White, S.J.



July 26, 2015

The Gospels we hear each Sunday are on a three-year cycle of Matthew, Mark and Luke. This year, of course, St. Mark is proclaimed. The Good News according to John is reserved for Holy Week and Easter.

That rule has a major exception which we enjoy for four consecutive Sundays starting today. The Church takes a brief hiatus from Mark to hear the entirety of Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel. This is one of the most significant sections of his Gospel containing the feeding of the multitude, Jesus’ walking on the water, and the Bread of Life discourse. It seems the Church found this beautiful, extended story too important to pass by.

Might I suggest we together read the entire chapter as a kind of summer homework for Sunday? This will enable to us to enter more deeply into an incredibly rich part of our faith tradition. Much of our understanding of the Eucharist is rooted in this particular part of the Gospel. It is dense and challenging (it is St. John after all), but the image of Christ presented is an essential aspect of our faith.

Biological life requires food; spiritual life does as well. Jesus, the Bread come down from heaven, enables life within us.


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