Homily XVII Sunday in Ordinary Time. July 29, 2012
A. – HUNGRY PEOPLE AND WALKING TO DRIFT
By Antonio Garcia-Moreno
A. – FROM THE PRISON. – The liturgy of Sunday Mass continues with the reading of the letter of Paul to the Ephesians that you sent along to the Philippians, to the Colossians and Philemon, is the group of so-called letters from captivity. All are written from prison. The courage of the apostle to preach the message of Christ has been humiliating and painful situation. But Paul remains committed and, even in chains, is preaching Christ and encouraging Christians to live as such.
Now told to be humble and gentle, understanding, that set your heart on sobrellevarse each other with love … His words, lest we forget, are also directed to each of us, waiting for a response to this demand that puts us ahead. If we are Christians, and we are, we will strive to live according to the vocation we have received. Especially in those points that Paul pointed out: in the simplicity and kindness, understanding, mutual love.
In her prison, Paul vibrates apostolate. His words are threshed plethoric of enthusiasm, faith-filled, vibrant and optimistic. If not indicated, one might think that writing in different circumstances, brighter, more enjoyable. The reason for this force and push is on his deep faith in God. He is convinced of divine power, of his infinite love, His greatness indescribable, overflowing with optimism, with endless joy. So once again, their words become a song of glory, a doxology pouring out of his joyful soul, his spirit overwhelmed by divine grace. It’s mood will cry: Blessed be God forever and ever. Amen.
2. – HUNGRY FOR GOD. – The crowds follow Jesus, whose words penetrate the hearts as a balm that heals wounds and gives hope. New lights were turned on in the world since Christ came, youthful illusions nestled in the heart of man desires to reach higher goals of perfection and holiness. Today people also running behind when Jesus perceived or sensed their presence endearing. The spectacle of the crowds follow the Pope is a proof.
The text says that Jesus went up the mountain and sat there with his disciples. It is one of those moments of intimacy with his Master. Moments of personal and direct that we have to relive those who want to follow Jesus closely. These are moments to renew friendship with God, the desire to serve life with soul and heart. Let us turn, then, the silence of prayer to hear the voice of Jesus, present in the tabernacle, to tell you how little we love him and how much we would love him.
Those who are behind Jesus in this passage, are people who are hungry and walk to drift. Hunger for understanding and affection, hunger for truth and sound doctrine, ultimately hunger for God. The Lord satisfy the hunger of the crowd multiplying loaves and a few fish. That event became a symbol of that other bread that the Lord gives us the bread that gives eternal life. Jesus returns every day multiplied his beneficent presence in the Eucharistic celebration. Again and again distributed to the hungry crowds the Sacrament of His Body food. You only need to walk behind Jesus, go to your invitation to participate, cleanses the soul of sin, in the sacred banquet of the Eucharist.
2. – ON THE NEED TO SHARE THE PAN PHYSICAL AND BREAD OF LIFE
By Gabriel Gonzalez Estal
A. – We started talking about physical bread, because this is what we speak directly to two of the three readings for this Sunday. It is the bread that satisfies the hunger of our bodies, something absolutely necessary for living in this world. In the first reading we see the prophet Elisha shared the bread of the firstfruits who had delivered between people around him. He knew it was not enough bread to satisfy the hunger of all, but trust in the mercy and power of the Lord, and he had promised. The prophet Elisha did what he had to do, share your bread with the hungry, and God did the rest. Also in the Gospel tells us that Jesus San Juan did the same with the five loaves and two fish that had the boy who had dared to follow him up the mountain. Notice that in both cases is an action of God who miraculously multiplied bread that some people had set upon and generously made available to others. First there was the human generosity, then was the blessing of God multiplier. In these two cases is very clear that without human generosity could not perform the action of God and many people have been hungry and desolate. I think this should make us all think deeply. In the world there are many people dying of hunger and thirst. We can not accuse God of injustice in our world, where so many people are starving. Those who know about these things tell us that the fruits of the land and labor of man are sufficient to satisfy the hunger of all who live on this planet. What happens is that those who have, or we do not want to share what we have with those without. The world’s problem is how little or much, if anything, we have, but the injustice with which we have established the distribution of what the earth gives us. God can multiply what we do not share. Do not imitate nor the prophet Elisha, and the boy of the gospel. And then we complain about God, and say it has made a world in which, while some live sumptuously overrun and others are dying of shortages and hunger. God has made a world, a land in which, sharing what the earth gives us, we could all live well enough, but we have been us that with this deal as unfair and inequitable that we have established, some have nothing and others too.
2. – We must also mention the need to share the bread of life. Over the next two Sundays San Juan is going to talk about the bread of life. The bread of life is Christ, the bread that leads to eternal life. What I say today is that Christians have an obligation to share the bread of life also. This is the mission that God has entrusted to us all, as all God has commanded us to this world to preach the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth. A Christian who does not worry about preaching the gospel, that is, to preach their faith in Christ, live as a Christian. No need to go to distant countries to do this, the gospel is preached especially to life and is usually where we live where we first have an obligation to bear witness to our faith. Yes, preaching the gospel of life, always trying to live like Jesus, with gentleness, strength, loving, forgiving, understanding, helping us see, so they can find in us the true face of God. We do not have the faith to ourselves, to save us all alone, but to share it with others, to celebrate together. God is community and wants Christians to live communally faith in his Son.
3. – SMELL fresh bread
By James Maruri, S. J.
A. – There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread, baked in stone and wood. Bread appears in Scripture and in the beginning, when God tells man creator: “you shall eat bread by the sweat of your brow” where the punishment is not work but sweat, fatigue, because the Lord will remember hombree had put in the garden to look after and cultivate it.
The dignity of the bread does not come to be bread, but the man who works to get decent bread to yours.
With respect and affection in my heart I keep the image of my father, visiting Madrid walk to grocery store offering grocery items they represent the Mina, Marraco, Marquis Mass, working with joy and excitement because I knew that in his work was poor and simple life but wrapped up for him and for the economic miracles of our mother. Blessed and tasty bread which we ate.
2. – Was Jesus endorse the unemployment benefits when he gets to distribute free bread to thousands of men unemployed? I think not, because the unemployment benefits is a lesser evil for a greater evil than is a society not based on each man has a job to live in dignity worthy of him and his family, but based on the theory of the bellows, when companies do not need the expelled workers and absorb them when they need them where the man is not an end but a mere means.
Did you notice that Jesus does not begin to share the bread until everyone is seated, do not start serving food to guests until everyone is seated at the
table. Jesus invited his table to the thousands of his brothers who did not have to eat.
When the devil tempts Jesus in the wilderness, the Lord refuses to get bread with a miracle, because the dignity of the bread does not come from the ease of doing, but worth the effort of man to cook.
Bread, as the dignity of man is sacred, so the break bread in the family had something of worship and liturgy.
Uncle Peter, Basque and tough big man, sitting prominently in the kitchen, we divided each a big slice of bread, which they shared with us very Christian exiles in Madrid, which for some of these exiles never spoken. That was all a liturgy.
Pan abundant, especially bread and decent, dignified man-priest of creation.
3. – With a purchase bread and the Lord his word and purpose in that we will be the bread as food and life.
Why was not the Lord or not his word compared with food more noble? The lamb is so common in his day could have served. Only the lamb is eaten each day and the bread itself.
This is not the Lord is telling us something which we have insisted on eating nothing but Sunday after Sunday, he did not miss anything that arrived on Thursday we are so skinny and weak to fall into any colase of sins. How can we be spiritually strong and healthy eating once a week?
I’m at your door and knock, if anyone hears me and opens, I will come and dine with him, do not forget this day Lord’s invitation to participate in the dinner.