Blog Posts for "Eucharist"

Bread of Life, Food for Witness

St. Athanasius Acts 7:51-8:1a; John 6:31-35 Sustained by the Bread of Life, Saints Athanasius and Stephen were each able to remain faithful to and endure their particular calls to martyrdom or witnessing to Christ.  For Stephen, it was what some would call the traditional or red form of martyrdom: death by stoning for confessing that Jesus, the one crucified by the religious and secular leaders of his day, was the Son of God.  For Athanasius, it was an un-bloody or what some would call a white form of martyrdom:  he was exiled five times from his...

Cultivating the Virtue of Humility

Tuesday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time James 4:1-10; Mark 9:30-37 Martin Luther disparagingly called the Letter of James “the straw epistle” because what he perceived to be its emphasis on good works and ethical conduct over the saving grace of God.  But for something supposedly made of straw, it can still deliver a strong moral punch even centuries after it was written. The author of this letter was a realist and a sharp observer and critic of when the gospel was preached but not lived.  In today’s passage, for example, he excoriates...

Real Presence

St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita 1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13; Mark 6:53-56 When I was a child, we learned that the definition of a noun was “a person, place or thing.”  Today’s scripture readings remind us that God is present in things, places and persons.  Our first reading recounts the dedication of the temple built by King Solomon in Jerusalem.  God was present in the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the two stone tablets which contained “the words of the covenant, the ten commandments” (Exodus 34:28).  God’s presence was...

Child of God in Need of Help

January 3, 2014 Holy Name of Jesus 1 John 2:29-3:6; John 1:29-34 The grace and privilege of being a child of God bring with them the responsibility and desire to live as a child of God. I try and I also fail. Each day I experience my own weakness and limitations; and I pray for the “serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” That’s why I need your word, O Lord, as well as the help that I receive from prayer, the Eucharist, confession and spiritual...

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