One difficulty in our social discourse currently is a failure on the part of most to listen to another’s proposition with the intent to understand exactly what they are proposing. Instead of understanding the main thought many tear into the component parts of one’s expressed opinion losing site of the main point. As I examined and prayerfully received the lessons from our continued reading of the Gospel of John, chapter six, I couldn’t help but think that I was hearing both Fox News and CNN take different points of an argument about what Jesus said and what He meant. Jesus continues His teaching about He Himself being the “Bread of Life.” This of course was in reference to His hearers previous stating that Moses gave them “bread from heaven” and Jesus correcting them that God, Himself and not Moses gave them this heavenly bread. Jesus makes the statement: “I am the bread of life that came down from heaven,” a statement that parallels the previous one about manna coming down from heaven as well as the statement about God’s true bread is that which comes down from heaven. The crowd just hears “came down from heaven” and gets distracted by a whole argument about knowing Jesus’ relatives who lived among them thus how can He say that “He came down from heaven!” We too have to be careful that we examine the text in the context of what preceded it as well as what follows this passage. Previously we witnessed the miracle of the multiplication of the five barley loaves and two fish to feed five thousand. We witnessed how God provided for the crowd a miraculous experience that also physically fed their bodies. The Church complements today’s passage with a story about Elijah from the first book of Kings in which God provides food for Elijah else the journey that God will send him on will be too hard, difficult, and arduous for him. A defining statement in the text of today is “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day” John 6:44. This indicates that God Himself will give us the gift of faith. God Himself will gift us with eyes to see truly what Jesus does and a heart as well as a mind to understand the whole truth of His teachings. As Jesus would say in the Gospel of Luke, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it” Luke 10:23-24. May we be open to “see” and “hear” and understand that Jesus is truly the “Bread of Life.”
UPON THIS ROCK has yielded its 2nd installment back to our Parish of St. Lawrence. This past week we received $3,040 directly deposited into our accounts which represents 35% of the total of what has been contributed since the end of December last year. Thank You to all who made a pledge during the “Upon This Rock” campaign and continue to be faithful in your contributions. Please remember to use the envelope provided to you in your mailing and remit your contributions directly to the “Upon This Rock” office. As we indicated during the campaign, these funds have been moved into our Roof Payment Account in order to continue our timely payments on our new roof loan. Many thanks to our faithful contributors to Upon This Rock!
GOOD NEWS The Parish Communities of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence are pleased to announce the Ordination to the Order of Deacons for our seminarian Moses Ikuelogbon. It will take place on Saturday, September 15th at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna. The joint parishes of St. Martins and St. Lawrence would like to host a reception following the Ordination Mass. More details on how you can contribute to the feast will follow. Let’s keep Moses as well as the six others to be ordained to the Transitional Deaconate and the eight Permanent Deacon Candidates in our prayers. Blessings to one and all.
RELOCATION NEWS In preparation for the separation of the “Linked Parish Experience” of St. Martin de Porres, St. Lawrence, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I will begin my relocation from the St. Lawrence residence to Nativity Parish Rectory aiming to be completed by September 1st. In reflection, what a blessing my sixteen years of ministry at St. Martin de Porres and six years at St. Lawrence has been for me and all who shared this incredible journey. May God fill our hearts with gratitude and continue to shine His light and gifts of discernment as we continue the journey. Though the “Link” for our clergy staff will no longer be in place, our “Sister Parish” experiences we pray will continue. May this Lord bless us all…… Fr. Ron.
Sister Parish Activities
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES will gather at Como Lake Park, Gazebo Shelter, on Sunday, August 19th to celebrate the annual Parish Picnic. Mass will begin at 12Noon. All are requested to contribute Foods, Desserts, and/or beverages for sharing among the multitude gathered. Prayer, food, music and dancing all will make our gathering a celebration. Members of our Sister Parishes are most welcome to join the festivities.