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July 30, 2018

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The tiny mustard seed literally grew to be a tree which attracted numerous birds because they loved the little black mustard seed it produced. God’s kingdom works in a similar fashion. It starts from the smallest beginnings in the hearts of  men and women who are receptive to God’s word. And it works unseen and causes a transformation from within. Leaven is another powerful agent of change. When the leaven is added to it a transformation takes place which produces rich and wholesome bread when heated – the staple of life for humans. 

The kingdom of God produces a transformation in those who receive the new life. When we yield our lives to Jesus Christ and allow his word to take root in our heart, we are transformed and made holy by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Paul the Apostle says, “we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). Do you believe in the transforming power of the Holy Spirit? “Heavenly Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit and transform me into the Christ-like holiness you desire. Increase my zeal for your kingdom and instill in me a holy desire to live for your greater glory.” Amen.

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 401

Reading 1 Jer 13:1-11

The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;
wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.
I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on.
A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus:
Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing,
and go now to the Parath;
there hide it in a cleft of the rock.
Obedient to the LORD’s command, I went to the Parath
and buried the loincloth.
After a long interval, the LORD said to me:
Go now to the Parath and fetch the loincloth
which I told you to hide there.
Again I went to the Parath, sought out and took the loincloth
from the place where I had hid it.
But it was rotted, good for nothing!
Then the message came to me from the LORD:
Thus says the LORD:
So also I will allow the pride of Judah to rot,
the great pride of Jerusalem.
This wicked people who refuse to obey my words,
who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts,
and follow strange gods to serve and adore them,
shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing.
For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man’s loins,
so had I made the whole house of Israel
and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD;
to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty.
But they did not listen.

Responsorial Psalm Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21

  1. (see 18a) You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
    You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you,
    You forgot the God who gave you birth.
    When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathing
    and anger toward his sons and daughters.
    R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
    “I will hide my face from them,” he said,
    “and see what will then become of them.
    What a fickle race they are,
    sons with no loyalty in them!”
    R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
    “Since they have provoked me with their ‘no-god’
    and angered me with their vain idols,
    I will provoke them with a ‘no-people’;
    with a foolish nation I will anger them.”
    R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

Alleluia Jas 1:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
    that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 13:31-35

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'”

He spoke to them another parable.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.

 

July 31, 2018

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Are you quick to judge the faults of others? Jesus’ parable teaches us patience lest we judge before the time is right. Jesus also warns that there is an enemy who seeks to destroy the good seed of his word before it can bear fruit. Both good and evil can be sown in our hearts like tiny seeds which germinate, and in due time yield a harvest of good or bad fruit. We must stand guard lest evil take root in our hearts and corrupt us. 

In the day of judgment each will reap what he or she has sown in this life. Those who sow good will shine in the kingdom of their Father. They will radiate with the beauty, joy, and fullness of God’s love. Do you allow the love of Jesus Christ to rule in your heart, thoughts, and actions?  “Lord Jesus, may your all-consuming love rule in my heart and transform my life that I may sow what is good, worthy, and pleasing to you.” Amen.

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest
Lectionary: 402

Reading 1 Jer 14:17-22

Let my eyes stream with tears
day and night, without rest,
Over the great destruction which overwhelms
the virgin daughter of my people,
over her incurable wound.
If I walk out into the field,
look! those slain by the sword;
If I enter the city,
look! those consumed by hunger.
Even the prophet and the priest
forage in a land they know not.

Have you cast Judah off completely?
Is Zion loathsome to you?
Why have you struck us a blow
that cannot be healed?
We wait for peace, to no avail;
for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.
We recognize, O LORD, our wickedness,
the guilt of our fathers;
that we have sinned against you.
For your name’s sake spurn us not,
disgrace not the throne of your glory;
remember your covenant with us, and break it not.
Among the nations’ idols is there any that gives rain?
Or can the mere heavens send showers?
Is it not you alone, O LORD,
our God, to whom we look?
You alone have done all these things.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13

  1. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
    Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
    may your compassion quickly come to us,
    for we are brought very low.
    R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
    Help us, O God our savior,
    because of the glory of your name;
    Deliver us and pardon our sins
    for your name’s sake.
    R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
    Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you;
    with your great power free those doomed to death.
    Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture,
    will give thanks to you forever;
    through all generations we will declare your praise.
    R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;
    all who come to him will live for ever.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 13:36-43

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

 

August 1, 2018

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Today’s responsorial psalm is “God is my refuge on the day of distress”. The first reading is taken from the book of the prophet Jeremiah. It reflects his frustration with the people of God. He had the feeling of doing things in a wrong time. People did not listen to him. He had the feeling of loneliness. Finally he just found his refuge in the Lord. The prophet put his hope in the Lord only especially when he had no hope.

The Gospel of Saint Matthew tells us a comparison between the kingdom of God and a treasure in the field. The kingdom of God should be most precious like a treasure. The one who found it should sell everything he has to buy this field in where the treasure is hidden. Many people did not recognize the most value of the kingdom of God. Many material things attract them. They don’t want to leave anything behind. I am talking about sacrifice. Sacrifice means to choose and to leave. We should choose the most value of life and we should leave whatever is just temporary. The way to heaven is the way of a narrow door. It does not allow us to carry too many things. Just a very light luggage: love of God and charity to every one. Amen.

Saint Alphonsus Liguouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 403

Reading 1 Jer 15:10, 16-21

Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!
a man of strife and contention to all the land!
I neither borrow nor lend,
yet all curse me.
When I found your words, I devoured them;
they became my joy and the happiness of my heart,
Because I bore your name,
O LORD, God of hosts.
I did not sit celebrating
in the circle of merrymakers;
Under the weight of your hand I sat alone
because you filled me with indignation.
Why is my pain continuous,
my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
You have indeed become for me a treacherous brook,
whose waters do not abide!
Thus the LORD answered me:
If you repent, so that I restore you,
in my presence you shall stand;
If you bring forth the precious without the vile,
you shall be my mouthpiece.
Then it shall be they who turn to you,
and you shall not turn to them;
And I will make you toward this people
a solid wall of brass.
Though they fight against you,
they shall not prevail,
For I am with you,
to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD.
I will free you from the hand of the wicked,
and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18

  1. (17d) God is my refuge on the day of distress.
    Rescue me from my enemies, O my God;
    from my adversaries defend me.
    Rescue me from evildoers;
    from bloodthirsty men save me.
    R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
    For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
    mighty men come together against me,
    Not for any offense or sin of mine, O LORD.
    R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
    O my strength! for you I watch;
    for you, O God, are my stronghold,
    As for my God, may his mercy go before me;
    may he show me the fall of my foes.
    R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
    But I will sing of your strength
    and revel at dawn in your mercy;
    You have been my stronghold,
    my refuge in the day of distress.
    R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
    O my strength! your praise will I sing;
    for you, O God, are my stronghold,
    my merciful God!
    R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.

Alleluia Jn 15:15b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I call you my friends, says the Lord,
    for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 13:44-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”

 

August 2, 2018

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In the first reading, Jeremiah has been sent to the potter’s house. He noticed by eyes the work of the potter with the clay. The clay is in the hand of the potter. The clay should be made into different forms as the potter wants. God is a potter and the people are the clay. The clay should be formed according to the will of God. People should listen to God and make the change fitting to the will of God.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus compares the kingdom of God like a net thrown into the sea. There are many fish caught by the net. However the fisherman just pick whatever fish fitting with the size he wants. If we want to enter the kingdom of God we should fit ourselves with the requirement of the kingdom of God: we should love the Lord our God with all our hearts and with all our souls and also love others as we love ourselves. Amen.

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 404

Reading 1 Jer 18:1-6

This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Rise up, be off to the potter’s house;
there I will give you my message.
I went down to the potter’s house and there he was,
working at the wheel.
Whenever the object of clay which he was making
turned out badly in his hand,
he tried again,
making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.
Then the word of the LORD came to me:
Can I not do to you, house of Israel,
as this potter has done? says the LORD.
Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter,
so are you in my hand, house of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab

  1. (5a) Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the LORD, O my soul;
    I will praise the LORD all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God while I live.
    R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Put not your trust in princes,
    in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.
    When his spirit departs he returns to his earth;
    on that day his plans perish.
    R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the LORD, his God.
    Who made heaven and earth,
    the sea and all that is in them.
    R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Acts 16:14b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Open our heart, O Lord,
    to listen to the words of your Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

 

August 3, 2018

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Jesus could do no mighty works in his hometown because the people who were familiar with him were closed-minded. If people come together to hate and refuse to understand others different than themselves, then they will see no other point of view than their own and they will refuse to love and accept others. How do you view those who are familiar to you? With kindness and respect or with a critical and judgmental spirit? 

The Lord Jesus offers us freedom from sin, prejudice, contempt, and fear. His love and grace sets us free to love others with the same grace. Only Jesus can truly set us free from the worst tyranny possible – slavery to sin and the fear of death. His victory on the cross brings us pardon and healing, and the grace to live holy lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you know the joy which Christ’s love brings to our hearts? “Lord Jesus, your love conquers every fear and breaks the power of hatred and prejudice. Flood my heart with your mercy and compassion, that I may treat my neighbor with the same favor and kindness which you have shown to me.” Amen.

Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 405

Reading 1 Jer 26:1-9

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim,
son of Josiah, king of Judah,
this message came from the LORD:
Thus says the LORD:
Stand in the court of the house of the LORD
and speak to the people of all the cities of Judah
who come to worship in the house of the LORD;
whatever I command you, tell them, and omit nothing.
Perhaps they will listen and turn back,
each from his evil way,
so that I may repent of the evil I have planned to inflict upon them
for their evil deeds.
Say to them: Thus says the LORD:
If you disobey me,
not living according to the law I placed before you
and not listening to the words of my servants the prophets,
whom I send you constantly though you do not obey them,
I will treat this house like Shiloh,
and make this the city to which all the nations of the earth
shall refer when cursing another.

Now the priests, the prophets, and all the people
heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the LORD.
When Jeremiah finished speaking
all that the LORD bade him speak to all the people,
the priests and prophets laid hold of him, crying,
“You must be put to death!
Why do you prophesy in the name of the LORD:
‘This house shall be like Shiloh,’ and
‘This city shall be desolate and deserted’?”
And all the people gathered about Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm PS 69:5, 8-10, 14

  1. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    Those outnumber the hairs of my head
    who hate me without cause.
    Too many for my strength
    are they who wrongfully are my enemies.
    Must I restore what I did not steal?
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    Since for your sake I bear insult,
    and shame covers my face.
    I have become an outcast to my brothers,
    a stranger to my mother’s sons,
    Because zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    But I pray to you, O LORD,
    for the time of your favor, O God!
    In your great kindness answer me
    with your constant help.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Alleluia 1 Pt 1:25

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The word of the Lord remains forever;
    this is the word that has been proclaimed to you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 13:54-58

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
because of their lack of faith.

 

August 4, 2018

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King Herod had everything he wanted, except a clear conscience and peace with God. Herod had respected and feared John the Baptist as a great prophet and servant of God. John, however did not fear to rebuke Herod for his adulterous relationship with his brother’s wife. He ended up in prison because of Herodias’ jealousy. Herod had John beheaded. Herod is now imagined by the thought that the prophet he murdered might now be raised from the dead! The Lord Jesus gives grace and help to the humble, to those who acknowledge their weaknesses and their sinfulness, and who look to God for his mercy and pardon, wisdom and strength. His grace and pardon not only frees us from a guilty conscience, it enables us to pursue holiness in every area of our lives, in our thoughts and intentions as well as our words and actions. “Heavenly Father, form in me the likeness of your Son Jesus that I may imitate him in word and deed. Help me to live the gospel faithfully and give me the strength and courage I need to not shrink back in the face of hardship and temptation.” Amen.

Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest
Lectionary: 406

Reading 1 Jer 26:11-16, 24

The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people,
“This man deserves death;
he has prophesied against this city,
as you have heard with your own ears.”
Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people:
“It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and city
all that you have heard.
Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds;
listen to the voice of the LORD your God,
so that the LORD will repent of the evil with which he threatens you.
As for me, I am in your hands;
do with me what you think good and right.
But mark well: if you put me to death,
it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves,
on this city and its citizens.
For in truth it was the LORD who sent me to you,
to speak all these things for you to hear.”

Thereupon the princes and all the people
said to the priests and the prophets,
“This man does not deserve death;
it is in the name of the LORD, our God, that he speaks to us.”

So Ahikam, son of Shaphan, protected Jeremiah,
so that he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34

  1. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    Rescue me out of the mire; may I not sink!
    may I be rescued from my foes,
    and from the watery depths.
    Let not the flood-waters overwhelm me,
    nor the abyss swallow me up,
    nor the pit close its mouth over me.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    But I am afflicted and in pain;
    let your saving help, O God, protect me.
    I will praise the name of God in song,
    and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    “See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
    you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
    For the LORD hears the poor,
    and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Alleluia Mt 5:10

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 14:1-12

Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist.
He has been raised from the dead;
that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison
on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
for John had said to him,
“It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people,
for they regarded him as a prophet.
But at a birthday celebration for Herod,
the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests
and delighted Herod so much
that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Prompted by her mother, she said,
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl,
who took it to her mother.
His disciples came and took away the corpse
and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

 

August 5, 2018

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When Jesus had performed the miracle of multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish to provide a refreshing and satisfying meal for more than 5000 people, they wanted to make him their king – no doubt because they wanted more. When Jesus withdrew from the crowd and quietly returned to Capernaum to be with his twelve disciples, they ran to seek him there. Jesus met them with a question – are you looking for physical food that perishes or food that gives eternal life? 

Do you hunger for the bread of life? “Lord Jesus, you are the true Bread of Heaven. Only you alone can truly satisfy the deepest longing and hunger of my heart. Nourish me with the bread of life that I may be truly satisfied in you alone as the giver of life.” Amen.

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 113

Reading 1 Ex 16:2-4, 12-15

The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
The Israelites said to them,
“Would that we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt,
as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!
But you had to lead us into this desert
to make the whole community die of famine!”

Then the LORD said to Moses,
“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.
Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;
thus will I test them,
to see whether they follow my instructions or not.

“I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites.
Tell them: In the evening twilight you shall eat flesh,
and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread,
so that you may know that I, the LORD, am your God.”

In the evening quail came up and covered the camp.
In the morning a dew lay all about the camp,
and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert
were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground.
On seeing it, the Israelites asked one another, “What is this?”
for they did not know what it was.
But Moses told them,
“This is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54

  1. (24b) The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
    What we have heard and know,
    and what our fathers have declared to us,
    We will declare to the generation to come
    the glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength
    and the wonders that he wrought.
    R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
    He commanded the skies above
    and opened the doors of heaven;
    he rained manna upon them for food
    and gave them heavenly bread.
    R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
    Man ate the bread of angels,
    food he sent them in abundance.
    And he brought them to his holy land,
    to the mountains his right hand had won.
    R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Reading 2 Eph 4:17, 20-24

Brothers and sisters:
I declare and testify in the Lord
that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do,
in the futility of their minds;
that is not how you learned Christ,
assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him,
as truth is in Jesus,
that you should put away the old self of your former way of life,
corrupted through deceitful desires,
and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and put on the new self,
created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.

Alleluia Mt 4:4b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    One does not live on bread alone,
    but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:24-35

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you are looking for me not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him,
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to him,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”