In the First Kings, we hear of Elijah’s cry
to the Lord when he prays for death. He is visited by an angel who tells him to eat and drink in order to be able to withstand his journey. In Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he reminds us to remove evil and instead take on compassion and mercy. In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains that receiving him, the Bread of Life, is the way to the Father in heaven.
The claims that Jesus makes about himself leave us with a choice: to receive him and be transformed, following him as he leads us to the Father, or to remain as we are. Jesus, the Bread of life, teaches us how to come to the Father.
Our annual HOPE APPEAL continues as we try to reach our parish goal. The programs, services and ministries supported by the Hope Appeal help meet the needs of people in our parish and diocese. The HOPE Appeal serves all of us in different ways. I ask your good support of this important campaign. I THANK the parishioners who have already made a pledge to this year’s appeal. If you have not responded to the HOPE Appeal I ask that you prayerfully consider making a pledge to help support these marvelous diocesan programs.
A little smile—The old Pastor made it a practice to visit the parish school one day a week. He walked into the fourth grade class, where the children we studying the states, and asked them how many states they could name. They came up with about 40 names. He jokingly told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states. One lad raised his had and said, “Yes, but in those days there were only 13.” Another smile—A mother overheard he little girl praying “now I lay me down to rest. I pray I pass tomorrow’s test. If I should die before I wake, that’s one less test I’ll have to take.”
Remember God loves you and so do