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August 6, 2018

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The first reading, the book of the prophet Daniel, tells us the vision of Daniel about the glory of God. The glory of God covers the whole universe. All the nations are under his dominion. Daniel also has the appearance of the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven. The Son of man was given the dominion over the universe. Today’s responsorial psalm glorifies God by saying: The Lord is King, the most high over all the earth.

On the way to Jerusalem where Jesus will be suffered and killed, he went up to the mountain of Tabor with three his disciples: Peter, James and John. In there he transfigured himself, he reveals his glory, the glory of God to his disciples, so that when he died on the cross, his disciples should remember this moment, the time of glory and believe that Jesus is the Son of God. The journey of life of every one of us sometimes goes up with glory and successfulness, however sometimes goes down with suffering, frustration and failure. Ask God to strengthen our faith. Amen.

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Lectionary: 614

Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:

One like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

  1. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
    The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
    let the many islands be glad.
    Clouds and darkness are round about him,
    justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
    R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
    The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
    before the LORD of all the earth.
    The heavens proclaim his justice,
    and all peoples see his glory.
    R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
    Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
    exalted far above all gods.
    R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Reading 2 2 Pt 1:16-19

Beloved:
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Alleluia Mt 17:5c

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
    listen to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John,
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.

 

August 7, 2018

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The first reading is divided into two parts. The first part tells us about the suffering and depression that the prophet has to be. The second part tells us about the restoration of Israel with God’s protection.  The two parts of the first reading seems not to get along with one another. Why the first reading shows us the contrary between the prophet who comes to proclaim the punishment of God to the people and the good future of Israel. Actually, the first reading just tells us the fruit of the work of the prophet. He suffered a lot and people did against him. However finally, God makes them to return to the right path and they are worthy to receive the salvation and the restoration of the country.

The Gospel of Saint Matthew tells us the story of Jesus walking on the water. Jesus as a man before the eyes of people now shows his divine power over the nature. He walks on the water. The disciples of Jesus noticed by eyes and they come to believe Jesus as the Son of God. Our trust in God needs to be strengthened by recognizing many miracles happening in our daily life. It is very true that God cares for us very much at all the times. Give thanks to God for many miracles of life. Amen.

Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 408

Reading 1 Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22

The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
Write all the words I have spoken to you in a book.

For thus says the LORD:
Incurable is your wound,
grievous your bruise;
There is none to plead your cause,
no remedy for your running sore,
no healing for you.
All your lovers have forgotten you,
they do not seek you.
I struck you as an enemy would strike,
punished you cruelly;
Why cry out over your wound?
your pain is without relief.
Because of your great guilt,
your numerous sins,
I have done this to you.

Thus says the LORD:
See! I will restore the tents of Jacob,
his dwellings I will pity;
City shall be rebuilt upon hill,
and palace restored as it was.
From them will resound songs of praise,
the laughter of happy men.
I will make them not few, but many;
they will not be tiny, for I will glorify them.
His sons shall be as of old,
his assembly before me shall stand firm;
I will punish all his oppressors.
His leader shall be one of his own,
and his rulers shall come from his kin.
When I summon him, he shall approach me;
how else should one take the deadly risk
of approaching me? says the LORD.
You shall be my people,
and I will be your God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23

  1. (17) The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
    The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
    and all the kings of the earth your glory,
    When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
    and appeared in his glory;
    When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
    and not despised their prayer.
    R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
    Let this be written for the generation to come,
    and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
    “The LORD looked down from his holy height,
    from heaven he beheld the earth,
    To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
    to release those doomed to die.”
    R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
    The children of your servants shall abide,
    and their posterity shall continue in your presence,
    That the name of the LORD may be declared on Zion;
    and his praise, in Jerusalem,
    When the peoples gather together
    and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
    R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

Alleluia Jn 1:49b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
    you are the King of Israel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 14:22-36

Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side of the sea,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the men of that place recognized him,
they sent word to all the surrounding country.
People brought to him all those who were sick
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak,
and as many as touched it were healed.

Or: Mt 15:1-2, 10-14

Some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders?
They do not wash their hands when they eat a meal.”
He summoned the crowd and said to them, “Hear and understand.
It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man;
but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.”
Then his disciples approached and said to him,
“Do you know that the Pharisees took offense
when they heard what you said?”
He said in reply, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted
will be uprooted.
Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind.
If a blind man leads a blind man,
both will fall into a pit.”

 

August 8, 2018

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Today’s Responsorial psalm saying “The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock” explains to us the meaning of the First Reading. God loves his people always. The people of God have been astray and betrayed God but God says that “I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt” It is very true to say that: God is always the faithful one even we are not always faithful to him. He is the Good Shepherd, always guards his flock. Blessed are we who has God as our good shepherd.

“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon!”  Jesus surprised with the strong faith of the gentile woman. He cured her daughter from the devil power. God loves every one in everywhere. Gentile or pagans have been named by us to make a different between people who are Jews or who are baptized and the people in Tyre and Sidon at that time, or the non-baptized people nowadays. Actually, God does not have this distinguish, all people are the children of God and God has pity on them all. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest
Lectionary: 409

Reading 1 Jer 31:1-7

At that time, says the LORD,
I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel,
and they shall be my people.
Thus says the LORD:
The people that escaped the sword
have found favor in the desert.
As Israel comes forward to be given his rest,
the LORD appears to him from afar:
With age-old love I have loved you;
so I have kept my mercy toward you.
Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin Israel;
Carrying your festive tambourines,
you shall go forth dancing with the merrymakers.
Again you shall plant vineyards
on the mountains of Samaria;
those who plant them shall enjoy the fruits.
Yes, a day will come when the watchmen
will call out on Mount Ephraim:
“Rise up, let us go to Zion,
to the LORD, our God.”

For thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12ab, 13

  1. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
    Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
    proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
    He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
    he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
    R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
    The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
    he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
    Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
    they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings.
    R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
    Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
    and young men and old as well.
    I will turn their mourning into joy.
    I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
    R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock

Alleluia Lk 7:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A great prophet has arisen in our midst
    and God has visited his people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 15: 21-28

At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon.”
But he did not say a word in answer to her.
His disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.”
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And her daughter was healed from that hour.

 

August 9, 2018

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The prophet Jeremiah brings the good news from God to the people. God says that “I will be their God, and they shall be my people… for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more”. People need to answer for the love of God by saying “Create a clean heart in me, O God!” The prophet wants to say that God always wants the good for his people. People should make a deep change from the former life, the life of evildoing.

The Gospel of Saint Matthew tells us the story of Jesus and his disciples in the region of Ceasarea Philippi in where Peter, on behalf of the twelve professed the faith that “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” In reply, Jesus told him that this revelation comes from God the Father. Revelation means opening up the mind so that people would believe in what they could not understand. To profess Jesus as the Son of God, to believe in God we have to pray to God the Father. Amen.

Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 410

Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers:
the day I took them by the hand
to lead them forth from the land of Egypt;
for they broke my covenant,
and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.
But this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.
I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
No longer will they have need to teach their friends and relatives
how to know the LORD.
All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD,
for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

  1. (12a) Create a clean heart in me, O God.
    A clean heart create for me, O God,
    and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
    Cast me not out from your presence,
    and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
    R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
    Give me back the joy of your salvation,
    and a willing spirit sustain in me.
    I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners shall return to you.
    R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
    For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
    should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
    My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
    a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Alleluia Mt 16:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church,
    and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 16:13-23

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
and he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

 

August 10, 2018

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In the first reading, the second letter of Saint Paul to Corinthians, Saint Paul praises all generous hearts to those who scatter abroad and give to the poor and his righteousness endures forever.  Saint Paul wants to teach us that if we know how to give away, we will reap back a lot. It has been shown in the life of all saints of the Church. Saint is the one who is very generous to God and to others and they will receive a hundredfold. We should learn today’s responsorial psalm “Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need”

The message of St. John’s Gospel is very strong one. Jesus says “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life”. Many people don’t know why we have to give away what we own, like doing charity or sacrifice life for the Gospel. Have a look in the world… Many people on the field of evangelization…Many people left country, family and friends for a foreign land. In appearance, they loose a good life but actually they are gaining a better life, eternal life. Amen.

Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
Lectionary: 618

Reading 1 2 Cor 9:6-10

Brothers and sisters:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.
As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9

  1. (5) Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
    Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
    who greatly delights in his commands.
    His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
    the upright generation shall be blessed.
    R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
    Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
    who conducts his affairs with justice;
    He shall never be moved;
    the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
    R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
    An evil report he shall not fear;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
    His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear
    till he looks down upon his foes.
    R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
    Lavishly he gives to the poor,
    his generosity shall endure forever;
    his horn shall be exalted in glory.
    R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.

Alleluia Jn 8:12bc

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness
    but will have the light of life, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 12:24-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

 

August 11, 2018

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What kind of faith does the Lord expect of us, especially when we meet difficulties and trials? Inevitably there are times when each of us disappoint others or disappoint ourselves when we suffer some kind of suffering or failure. In this Gospel incident the disciples of Jesus fail to heal an epileptic boy. Jesus’ response seems stern; but it is really tempered with love and compassion. We see at once Jesus’ dismay with the disciples’ lack of faith and his concern to meet the need of this troubled boy and his father. With one word of command Jesus rebukes the evil spirit that has caused this boy’s affliction and tells the spirit to “never enter him again”. 

Jesus tells his disciples that they can “remove mountains” if they have faith in God. The expression to “remove mountains” was a common Jewish phrase for removing difficulties. A wise teacher who could solve difficulties was called a “mountain remover”.  If we pray with expectant faith, God will give us the means to overcome difficulties and obstacles. When you meet trials and disappointments how do you respond? With faith and trust in Jesus? “Lord Jesus, help my unbelief! Increase my faith and trust in your saving power. Give me confidence and perseverance, especially in prayer. And help me to bring your healing love and truth to those I meet”. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Clare, virgin
Lectionary: 412

Reading 1 Hab 1:12—2:4

Are you not from eternity, O LORD,
my holy God, immortal?
O LORD, you have marked him for judgment,
O Rock, you have readied him punishment!
Too pure are your eyes to look upon evil,
and the sight of misery you cannot endure.
Why, then, do you gaze on the faithless in silence
while the wicked man devours
one more just than himself?
You have made man like the fish of the sea,
like creeping things without a ruler.
He brings them all up with his hook,
he hauls them away with his net,
He gathers them in his seine;
and so he rejoices and exults.
Therefore he sacrifices to his net,
and burns incense to his seine;
for thanks to them his portion is generous,
and his repast sumptuous.
Shall he, then, keep on brandishing his sword
to slay peoples without mercy?

I will stand at my guard post,
and station myself upon the rampart,
And keep watch to see what he will say to me,
and what answer he will give to my complaint.

Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write down the vision
Clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
If it delays, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not be late.
The rash man has no integrity;
but the just man, because of his faith, shall live.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13

  1. (11b) You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord.
    The LORD sits enthroned forever;
    he has set up his throne for judgment.
    He judges the world with justice;
    he governs the peoples with equity.
    R. You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord.
    The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of distress.
    They trust in you who cherish your name,
    for you forsake not those who seek you, O LORD.
    R. You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord.
    Sing praise to the LORD enthroned in Zion;
    proclaim among the nations his deeds;
    For the avenger of blood has remembered;
    he has not forgotten the cry of the poor.
    R. You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord.

Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
    and brought life to light through the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 17:14-20

A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said,
“Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely;
often he falls into fire, and often into water.
I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Jesus said in reply,
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you?
Bring the boy here to me.”
Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,
and from that hour the boy was cured.
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said,
“Why could we not drive it out?”
He said to them, “Because of your little faith.
Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

August 12, 2018

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The prophet Elijah got his strength back and walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb after he got up, ate and drank the heavenly food. There are so many frustrations happened in life. We get tired and we want to fall asleep all the times so that we could forget the tragedy of life. However we have to continue the journey of life. God gives us life to live and to work for the kingdom of God. Believe in God’s support: got up, ate and continued the journey of life. God is with us.

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord. This is an invitation for the Holy Eucharist that we should attend as much as we can. In the Gospel of Saint John, Jesus strongly proclaims that “I am the bread that came down from heaven!” But people did not believe in Jesus’ words because his background has nothing special. Even people doubt about his words but Jesus again and again says “I am the bread of life whoever believes has eternal life. For more than two thousand years of the history of the Church since the Last supper, every moment, there are so many Eucharist celebrated in the world. People come and receive the bread of life coming from heaven. They have eternal life. It encourages us to do so. Amen.

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 116

Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:4-8

Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert,
until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it.
He prayed for death saying:
“This is enough, O LORD!
Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”
He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree,
but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat.
Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake
and a jug of water.
After he ate and drank, he lay down again,
but the angel of the LORD came back a second time,
touched him, and ordered,
“Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!”
He got up, ate, and drank;
then strengthened by that food,
he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

  1. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Let my soul glory in the LORD;
    the lowly will hear me and be glad.
    R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
    Glorify the LORD with me,
    Let us together extol his name.
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me
    And delivered me from all my fears.
    R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
    Look to him that you may be radiant with joy.
    And your faces may not blush with shame.
    When the afflicted man called out, the LORD heard,
    And from all his distress he saved him.
    R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
    The angel of the LORD encamps
    around those who fear him and delivers them.
    Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
    R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2 Eph 4:30—5:2

Brothers and sisters:
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with which you were sealed for the day of redemption.
All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling
must be removed from you, along with all malice.
And be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.

Alleluia Jn 6:51

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
    whoever eats this bread will live forever.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:41-51

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said,
“I am the bread that came down from heaven, ”
and they said,
“Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?
Do we not know his father and mother?
Then how can he say,
‘I have come down from heaven’?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Stop murmuring among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They shall all be taught by God.
Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”