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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted 5 Aug 2018, 09:22 by OLOFC Tech   [ updated 5 Aug 2018, 09:22 ]

The BREAD of LIFE

This weekend we welcome Fr Damian Broda, a priest from Poland who is visiting our parish for three weeks to learn more about parish life here in London. Below he shares some thoughts with us on today’s Gospel…
    
In today’s Gospel Jesus says that he is the Bread of Life. When we think about bread, we mean the most basic kind of food. It is very significant that Jesus doesn’t say: ‘I am like bread’ but ‘I am the bread…’ The bread is not a symbol of the Lord – he is real food which we can eat. He wants to nourish us with himself.
   
These words of Jesus remind me of a situation from the time I was working in my first parish in Poland. Every Sunday, a woman with her small son came to Mass. When the moment of Holy Communion came, the woman took her child in her arms and came towards me. She received Communion but the boy of course could not – he was too young, so he received a blessing. However each time, he opened his mouth, as if he would also like to receive the Body of Christ. Each time, when he did not receive, he was very dissatisfied. I thought then that boy was a symbol of all the people, of our desire for God.
    
Everyone has this desire in their hearts. Everyone desires the Bread of Life, even if they are not fully aware of it. Everyone can only truly fulfil their life by being in relationship with Jesus. We can meet God in different ways: in our prayers, in other people, in the poor or in the sick. However, Jesus is closest to us in the Eucharist - he can be literally inside us! You cannot be closer. Then, we experience an extraordinary unity. Our lives, our joys and sorrows unite with Jesus’ love. This is the greatest of miracles. Let us think this week about our desires. Is there among them a real desire for God and for being in this intimate communion with him?

With blessings & prayers - Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem, Fr Damian, Julia & all the parish team