Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To all our parishioners and dear friends of our parish community…Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and Forever! 


Over the last few weekends, Our Sunday Gospel readings have been taken from the famous Chapter 6 of the Gospel according to Saint John, commonly called “The Bread of Life Discourse.” 


Today’s Gospel begins with the Jews murmuring about Jesus in an attempt to understand who Jesus really is.  As we heard in last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed, “I am the Bread of Life, the true Bread from Heaven” (St. John 6:35). 


Just as the Lord responded to the Israelites’ grumbling by providing water and food for them in the desert, Jesus overhears the murmuring of the Jews and quells it by revealing more of His identity to them.  He acknowledges that he is the Son of Our Lady and Saint Joseph, but through his statements, the Jews do learn that the Father in Heaven and Jesus stand as One. 


The Father draws people to Jesus, the Bread of Life, and Jesus, because He has seen the Father, reveals the Father to those who believe in Him, the one whom the Father has sent.  Jesus’ words in St. John’s Gospel focus also on the gift of eternal life that comes from Jesus, because He Himself has come from the Father. 


This gift also shows how Jesus Himself provides the life-giving bread that sustains spiritually and not just physically, as the manna given to the Israelites in the desert did.  Jesus, the Bread of Life, is ever to be praised and adored.  Blessed be Jesus, in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!


This week, I will begin my usual Summer Vacation period, from August 10th through August 31st.  On August 17th, I will fly to Warsaw and then on to Krakow, Poland, until August 31st.  This is the special “Year of the Priest”, so I figure there is no better place for me than Poland to enjoy this special Holy Year of Priests. 


As you know, 85% of Poland is Catholic, and vocations to the priesthood abound in Poland.  Poland remains the most Catholic nation in all of Europe.  That is the place for me! 


I pray for all my family and for all of you!  Please be sure to welcome back to St. John’s Father Ephrem Karwowski, a Capuchin Franciscan Friar of St. Pius X Friary, and Father Gregory Mullaney, who will cover the weekends when I am away.  I look forward to enjoying what is left of this Summer 2009.


                                                                                      Blessings on your Summer Days, 
                                   Father Jim 


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