Homilies: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 5, 2012
1. – We come to Jesus?
By James Martin OSA
A. – God watches over us. The Jews in the desert, despite their protests and impatience, they received something to eat: they received the miraculous manna, they found food for this earthly life through the intervention of God himself. Providence is always there, watching over us and providing us all our needs, especially our most urgent needs. As Jesus revealed to the Jews of his time the action of God in their daily lives in the same way, he teaches us to recognize, little by little, as time passes, his Father is constantly working to prodigarnos their love and your help!.
2. – The food that gives us fulfillment. The things of this world, ever new, ever more abundant, they can never be enough to be satisfied. They entertain us but we did not fill. His power is so transitory as our life. Is there anything that can give us fulfillment? When Jesus fed the five thousand men in the open and they tried to make him king, Jesus said: “I seek not because you saw signs but because you’ve been fed. Work for food that endures.” We need things every day but we must find the connection they have with the things that can give us peace and create harmony in our lives deeper. Only God remains forever. Feed the body is easy but to fill the soul, spirit … only God has power to do so. The work of men is to eat and feed everyone. The work of Jesus is giving us to eat the bread of life, in the here and now, tomorrow and forever.
3. – God incarnate. The bread of life discourse is a clear invitation to embody in our personal and community life to Jesus and his choice for life. Who is Jesus for us? Are you looking for because we want to satisfy our hunger body or rather to satisfy our thirst for fulfillment? Do we work we only perishable food, or rather we work well enough for the food which endures to eternal life? What does Jesus eat meat? The gift of God given to us through the flesh, that is, through the human. In Jesus, the Father’s eternal Word became human with all its reality. Jesus, his life and his words showed us how God incarnate: compassionate, merciful, faithful, able to serve and give his life for love. That is the living bread from heaven, that is, that is the true worship of God, take life as Jesus took. Eating meat and drinking the blood of Jesus means to live like Him, delivery, service, dedication and willing to give their lives for their cause. There is eternal life. Celebrating the Eucharist is not so much an act of individual piety, my God and me, in close narrow (sometimes selfish narrowness). If we convert the Eucharist in an individualistic and intimate act, even holiness and worship that is put, no longer a religious vacuum that leads to life, “as your ancestors who ate and died.” Masses are truly our communion in Christ with our whole being embodied today in our history to have eternal life.
2. – LIVE BREAD AND TRUE
By Antonio Garcia-Moreno
A. – IN THE WAY OF THE DESERT. – Once again the discontent of those springs desert fugitives. Despite the miracles they witnessed, not just believe in the power of Yahweh. The Lord had delivered them from the terrible oppression of the Egyptians, but they still did not recognize the divine love, not trusting in His infinite goodness. They saw who had escaped the worst, the most difficult, would also free them from those other less serious problems. They did not believe that if God had dried up the Red Sea, could also flood the desert. I spent like us when we distrust the divine mercy and power, when we amedrentamos with what lies ahead not remember what we left behind. Who distrust so many times we have given proof of his power and compassion.
Pressed by the haste of the moment, long for the days of slavery. They think it might have been better to die before the pots of the oppressors, to wander in the wilderness with hunger. And instead of humbly ask for divine help, they turn against their envoys, murmur and criticize one another against those who were put before the people by God’s command. We have taken, even say, to starve the entire community … Instead of thanking the liberation achieved through the intervention of Moses and Aaron, they become angry at them and accuse them hard. Given this attitude, God once again demonstrates his limitless patience with those nomadic rebels. Again forgive their lack of faith, do not take into account their insolent demands, or their stubborn ingratitude. So, instead of punishing their murmuring, sends fresh bread and meat to eat their fill. Moses explains that manna was the bread of heaven in the desert.
Much later the Lord will see that the true bread from heaven is quite another. Manna sated the hunger of the body, Christ gives the Bread satisfies the hunger of the spirit. That manna kept the material life and expire, those who ate it had just died. By contrast, the true and living Bread transmits and maintains a life so different that even death can extinguish …
We are all wanderers of the desert, we all live the adventure of the Exodus, this long journey that begins in the cradle and ends at the grave … When hunger acucie us, we turn to Christ and He will give us the bread of life that strengthens and enlivens forever.
2. – SEARCH FOR WHAT IS WORTH. – Jesus knows what is hidden depth inside the man. He knows when you search with a right intention, and when it moves for reasons less straight. So to those who seek after the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, are accused of going after him again to take advantage of his divine power.
It is an accusation that still stands for those who serve the Church, instead of serving. Those who demonstrate piety to gain some personal advantage to thrive in any of the many facets of life. It is selfish, almost sacrilegious could say, then seeks to make a business of what is sacred. This is a very sensitive issue with which we can not play. Recall that, according to Paul, God is not laughing.
However, Jesus enters into dialogue with those who seek Him bastards interest, try to make them realize how little noble attitude, try to open the mind and the heart to higher values and durable. We too, with patience, wants to seek God illuminate what really matters, empowers us to overcome our own weakness and reach the highest good to satisfy all our longings and desires.
People, despite its awkwardness, asks that Bread which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. “Lord – say – give us this bread always.” It is a simple exclamation, an aspiration easy to learn to repeat it within ourselves, beseeching the Lord with humility and trust to give us satisfy that hunger and thirst which sometimes beset us, those desires indefinite that only God can quench.
3. – “ALWAYS GIVE THIS BREAD”
By Pedro Juan Diaz
A. – After the multiplication of the loaves, people look to Jesus. Fed them, but have also discovered something in him that attracts them. Finally, we meet and start talking with him you want me to explain that the “Bread of Life.” Jesus says it is good to ask for “daily bread”, but people need something else to live, something deeper. And he said: “Work for food that endures for eternal life.”
We, followers of Jesus, we are asked to take care of this “food” that we nurture that “bread” of eternal life. We can do it in many ways, but two spaces are important. The first is to feed the “bread” of the Word of God, read the Gospel every day, reflection, let us touch the heart and life, and try to live throughout the day. The other point is feed the “bread” of the Eucharist, which is neither more nor less than communion with Jesus. And that means entering a deep communion with Him, learning to live a lifestyle that comes from a living relationship with Jesus and deep, as his followers. The purpose of this fellowship is to think, feel, love, work, suffer and live like Jesus.
2. – But there is a prior need all this, and that is the “work” that Jesus calls us to work, “the work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” To receive the “bread” of life, you must first believe in Jesus as the messenger of God to the world. And from there to understand that He says, “Whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Faith in Jesus makes us opt for a lifestyle and a very specific values and at the same time, give us different ways of living to which Jesus proposes to attitudes contrary to the gospel. Faith in Jesus asks and demands a living witness, a testimony that will match the world we live in and the needs in it.
3. – The people of Israel, in the first reading, rebels against God: “We have brought to this desert to starve this entire community.” It’s the feeling that many people have today. Is the resource easy to blame God for what happens in the world, for that justify our inaction and our lack of commitment to the world and its needs. Still, God’s answer was this: “I will rain bread from heaven.” And he did.
4. – San Pablo, in the second reading, he tells his community: “Do not walk as the Gentiles walk, in the emptiness of your criteria … You renewed in mind and spirit … in righteousness and true holiness.” We will have to make it possible for this “bread” follow “raining” for many families in need. But there will also open the heart to the true “PAN”, the Eternal Life, between Him and transform us, transform us also to the reality around us.
5. – For now, here is the bread of the Word and the Eucharist. That also gives us God every day, like the manna that came down from heaven to the people of Israel. To our knowledge to use it, we nurture it. Do not seek God for the interest, as the crowd, but to quench, once and for all, our “hunger” and our “thirst.” “Lord, evermore give us this bread.”
Translation: Por Cristo…Mas, Mas, Mas