Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2020
All you who are thirsty, come to the water!
— Isaiah 55:1a
Dear Parish Family,
While families in mourning appreciate caring words and charitable acts, e.g., donated food, there are those who deeply desire some time alone. Hospital staff often let a grieving family have some alone with their deceased loved one. Families usually gather at the funeral home an hour before the stated visitation time so that they can have some time to themselves before mourners come to express their sympathy.
Such was not the case for Jesus in the gospel. The beginning of the gospel describes how Jesus found out about the death of His cousin, John the Baptist, unjustly executed by King Herod. Jesus planned to go to a deserted place by Himself but put His plans aside when He saw the crowd. Nobody would have blamed Him for telling the crowd to give Him some time alone. Certainly the crowd would have understood His reason. But that’s the way Jesus was with the people then, and with us today, putting others’ needs first before His.
So never think that God might be too busy to listen to you. In fact, God makes it His business to listen to us, because we are the most important “agenda” not just for that particular day, but forever.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, we were unable to celebrate the First Eucharist of our children in April and May. Finally, we are able to celebrate the faith of our children during the month of August as they receive the Eucharist for the first time during specially scheduled Masses Saturday mornings, August 2, 8 and 15, along with 9:30 and 11:30 Masses on Sunday, August 9 and 16. There will also be children who will receive First Eucharist during a couple of our weekday Masses. Please note that we are still limited in the number of people who can participate at those Masses. If you are not able to participate in person, please participate with our children and their families through your prayers. May they and all of us continue to share the nourishing love which we receive each and every time we receive our Lord’s special gift of Himself in the forms of bread and wine.
In the Word,
First Reading — All you who thirst, come to the water! You without money, come to the feast! (Isaiah 55:1-3).
Psalm — The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs (Psalm 145).
Second Reading — Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:35, 37-39).
Gospel — All ate until satisfied; they collected twelve baskets of what was left over (Matthew 14:13-21).
Readings for the Week
Monday: Jer 28:1-17; Ps 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102; Mt 14:22-36
Tuesday: Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Ps 102:16-21, 29,
22-23; Mt 14:22-36 or Mt 15:1-2, 10-14
Wednesday: Jer 31:1-7; Jer 31:10-12ab, 13; Mt 15:21-28
Thursday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Mt 17:1-9
Friday: Na 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7; Dt 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41; Mt 16:24-28
Saturday: Hb 1:12 — 2:4; Ps 9:8-13; Mt 17:14-20
Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Ps 85:9-14; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33