18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 5, 2018

Today we celebrate the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We continue this weekend reflecting on Chapter 6 of St. John’s Gospel, the ‘Bread of Life’ discourse. After the miraculous feeding of the multitudes, Jesus goes home to Capernaum. The crowd follows Him. They don’t seek Jesus because of faith, but because of food. Jesus is a sure free meal ticket. In this week’s Gospel Jesus teaches many truths. He tells the people that the Manna of the Exodus story is nothing compared to what He can give. In saying that He is the true bread come down from Heaven, Jesus is inviting His listeners to grasp the reality of His ability to feed them with bread that will truly satisfy. St. Augustine quipped that “we become what we receive.” The Eucharist that is prefigured in both the Manna story and the miracle of the multiplication is God feeding us with the Bread of Life to become this for others. Our opening Prayer for today’s Mass reminds us that we are the Lord’s servants (disciples). Jesus feeds us with Himself to become what we eat, the Bread of Life, broken in humble service. Jesus quenches our thirst to become what we drink, the Blood of Christ, poured out in love. When we realize this, we become what we eat and drink, we declare the glorious works of the Lord and make the wonders God has done visible. When we are fed by the hand of God with food that endures forever then, through us, people can come to Jesus and never hunger or thirst again.

This past Wednesday, Fr. Emmanuel Luhumbu, our annual guest from the Congo arrived for his missionary appeals and extended time with us. Please welcome Fr. Emmanuel. He will be joining us for mass from time to time during his stay. He is a most welcome guest to St. Luke’s.

This past Friday, Aug. 3rd, St. Luke’s was blessed to have a special guest visit the parish to celebrate Mass. His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke celebrated a requiem mass on St. Luke’s altar at the invitation of Msgr. Morris. As former Archbishop and patron of the Extraordinary Form, it was a joy to welcome the Cardinal to St. Luke the Evangelist.

This Sunday evening at Epiphany of Our Lord parish there will be a service of Evensong according to the Anglican Patrimony of the Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Renier, a former Episcopal priest, and pastor of Epiphany, will lead the service at 5:00pm, followed by light refreshments. Evensong is sung Evening Prayer, a beautiful service.

As we enter the month of August I want to highlight the Mass schedule for the upcoming Holy Day; the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Aug. 15th. Due to trying to accommodate three communities, we will have masses for the parish on Tuesday evening, August 14th at 7:00pm, and on the Holy Day at 8:00am. Masses at Immaculate Conception will be on Tuesday at 6:00pm and Wednesday at 8:00am. There will also be a mass on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm according to the Extraordinary Form.

During August we also celebrate the feast days of many Saints, beginning with one of my patrons, St. John Marie Vianney, the primary patron of all priests. There’s also St. Dominic on Aug. 8th, St. Lawrence the Martyr on Aug. 10th, St. Clare of Assisi on Aug. 11th, St. Maximilian Kolbe, (St. of Auschwitz) on Aug. 14th, St. Bernard on the 20th, St. Pius X on the 21st, St. Bartholomew on the 24th, St. Louis, King of France on the 25th, and winding out the month, St. Monica on the 27th, and her son, St. Augustine on the 28th. As we celebrate so many saints this month we can all do well to learn about their heroic witness, befriend them, and experience special intercession through them to God.

Finally today, another reminder that we are about a month away from the start of another exciting R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) program. There are already two who are interested in journeying to the Sacraments of Initiation next Easter. I know there are many more in our neighborhood who are just waiting to be asked. ASK them. They are your neighbors, your family members, friends. If our faith is the greatest gift we have been given, let’s share it with those who will benefit from it. Let’s “make a friend, be a friend, and bring a friend to Christ.” And please remember, if YOU are looking to renew your own understanding and faith, YOU are most welcome to join this year’s journey of faith.

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)