July 18 - One Bread, One Body
July 18, Sixteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle B Readings:
1) Jeremiah 23:1-6
2) Ephesians 2:13-18
Food and love
"He pitied them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them at great length.” — Mark 6:34
The main responsibility of a shepherd is to feed his sheep. Jesus the Good Shepherd is preoccupied with feeding His sheep. He Himself went without food (Mk 6:31) to feed His sheep by teaching them at great length. The way Jesus wants us to show our love for Him is by feeding His sheep (Jn 21:17).
We need both physical and spiritual feeding, but the most important is spiritual. We are fed spiritually in two ways: Holy Communion and God’s Word. Jesus said: “My flesh is real food” (Jn 6:55) and “Not on bread alone is man to live but on every utterance that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4).
This booklet, One Bread, One Body, is intended to feed the sheep in these two ways. We teach the Scripture readings for the daily Eucharist to encourage all our readers to read the Bible and to go to Mass and Holy Communion daily. We feed the sheep in this way because we love the sheep, and especially we love the Shepherd.
Prayer: Jesus, by Your Spirit, may I lose my appetite for the things of this world and desire You, the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35).
Promise: “In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” —Eph 2:13
Praise: “After this I heard what sounded like the loud song of a great assembly in heaven. They were singing: ‘Alleluia! Salvation, glory and might belong to our God’ ” (Rv 19:1). Praise the risen Jesus!
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†Most Reverend Steve J. Angi, Chancellor, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio January 20, 2021.
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