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Being Fed With Bread

In today’s first reading (17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – 2 Kings 4:42-44) we hear the story of what I will call a “small” miracle. The event happens in a time of drought. So, water is scarce. That means the harvest would have been scarce. During this time a man brought twenty barley […]

The USCCB and the Eucharist

You may have heard in the news that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB – www.usccb.org) voted last week at its annual June meeting to approve the writing of a document on the Eucharist. If you have been reading about in the secular news, you may have the impression that the sole purpose […]

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Most Holy Body and Blood of C, Year BExodus 24:3-8Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18 (13)Hebrews 9:11-15Mark 14:12-16, 22-26June 6, 2021 Today we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  In the Eucharist, it is truly Jesus we receive.  It begins as bread and wine but it is changed, it is transubstantiated into the […]

5th Sunday of Easter, Year B

5th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 9:26-31Psalm 22:26-27, 29, 30, 31-32 (26a)1 John 3:18-24John 15:1-8May 2, 2021 The story told in the Acts of the Apostles is the story of the early church.  Acts tells us how “the church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.  It was being built up and walked […]

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Homily

Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord’s SupperExodus 12:1-8, 11-14Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-181 Corinthians 11:23-26John 13:1-15April 1, 2021 Our readings tonight begin in the time of the first Passover, that saving time when the Lord set his people free from slavery in Egypt.  More specifically, today’s passage gives instructions on how they are to celebrate the […]

Two Images

When I pray, there are two images I like to use. They are images of the same thing. The first image is: and the second image is: One might look at these images and say, “Father, they are not images of the same thing. One is a Crucifix and the other is the Eucharist. They […]

Uncovering the Treasures of the Mass Series

I just uploaded the video and slides from the third and final video in my series, Uncovering the Treasures of the Mass. You can view this third video at www.renewaloffaith.org/masspart3. Peace, Fr. Jeff

On Non-Catholics Receiving Communion

In the third video presentation in my series, Sacraments: Channels of God’s Grace, on the Eucharist, I addressed the question of “Who Can Receive the Eucharist” in slides 36-38. I began with the general question speaking about the need to be baptized in the Catholic Church and what it means to be in communion in […]

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 55:1-3Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18 (16)Romans 8:35, 37-39Matthew 14:13-21August 2, 2020 All our readings today share the theme of being fed.  In the first reading, the Lord invites “all who are thirsty” to “come to the water,” to “come, receive grain and eat.”  All can come “without paying and […]

The Significance of the Altar

One finds a lot of different items in Catholic churches. The stained windows, paintings, statues, and other artwork are there to help remind us of important things in our faith. The two most important items found in Catholic churches are the Tabernacle (where the Blessed Sacrament (the Body of Christ) is reserved for Communion to […]