For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
August 2, 2015, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"This is the work of God; have faith in the one he sent." (John 6:24-25)
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
Gospel of John 6:24-35 Readings Here
REFLECTION: How do we know there is a God, how do we tell people today about God, about belief? In the Gospel Jesus tells the crowds that there is no easy answer to the questions of faith. “Faith is the work of God,” he says. “Faith is believing in the one God has sent and it is strengthened by the bread he gives from heaven, not by any perishable food.”
PRAYER: Lord, Jesus, over and over again you call us to believe in you. Strengthen our weak faith and help our belief. We pray this with sincere and hopeful hearts. Amen.
Monday: Today when you go to the Lord in prayer, think about what you hope to get, something that will keep you comfortable in life or something that might make you change.
Tuesday: Today as an expression of your faith in Jesus Christ do something definite for the needy, those who are in need of support financially or spiritually.
Wednesday: At the family meal tonight pray specifically for a family you know who needs your prayers and support.
Thursday: Pray the rosary as a family using the Mysteries of Light, Video Here The Transfiguration.
Friday: The word “companion” means “those who sit down together and eat the same bread.” Pray tonight for goodness and peace and guidance with your companions on the journey of life.
Saturday: Take time today in a walk, near the water, wherever and breathe in the strength of God’s spirit. Put on as St. Paul says, “the new man (or woman), created in God’s image.”
PRAYER: Lord, we know that we do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from your mouth. Help us to listen and to understand. Day after day may we put on that new life in your Spirit. Amen.
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