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SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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JULY 26, 2015

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FEEDING THE WORLD

 

ALIMENTANDO AL MUNDO

           With today’s two accounts of feeding miracles and the psalm re- sponse about the Lord’s hand feeding us, it is easy to gloss over the marvel- ous hymn in Ephesians. It is built around the most potent biblical numbers: one, three, and seven. The core of it is the word “one” ex- pressed seven times. Three of these describe the church: one body, one Spirit, one hope; the next three are the foundations of the church: one Lord [Jesus], one faith, one baptism. All of these are bound up together in the one Father of all. While we might feel daunted by the prospect of duplicating the wonders worked by Elisha and Jesus in the feeding of multitudes, Ephesians gives us a more realistic way to live and “feed” others as the church: by living in humility and gentleness, by acting with patience, bearing with each other in love, and always seeking and striving to preserve unity through peace. Who among us cannot increase the way we “feed” the church and the world by living this way? We are always called upon to “feed” the world in the literal sense; but our mission as church tells us that others are also fed by the way we live and act each moment of each day.

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         Al oír las narraciones de cómo Eliseo y Jesús multiplican los alimentos, y el salmo responsorial sobre como la mano del Señor nos alimenta, es fácil caer en la tentación de pasar por alto el maravilloso himno de la carta a los efesios en la Segunda lectu- ra. El himno se centra en los números más potentes de la tradi- ción bíblica: el uno, el tres y el siete. La médula del himno es el número uno, repetido siete veces. Tres de ellas se refieren a la Iglesia: un solo cuerpo, un solo Espíritu, como también una sola es la esperanza. Los próximas tres son los fundamentos de la Iglesia: un solo Señor, una sola fe, un solo bautismo. Y todos estos se juntan en un solo Dios y Padre de todos. La idea de repetir los milagros obrados por Eliseo y por Jesús al alimentar las multitudes nos desalienta, claro está, pero la carta a los efe- sios nos ofrece un modo más realizable de vivir como Iglesia y de alimentar a los demás en la Iglesia: ser siempre humildes y amables; ser comprensivos y soportarnos mutuamente con amor, y esforzarnos en mantenernos unidos en el Espíritu con el vínculo de la paz. ¿Quién de nosotros no puede “alimentar” a la comunidad de la Iglesia viviendo de esta manera? Es verdad que siempre estamos llamados a “alimentar” al mundo en el sentido literal de la palabra, pero nuestra misión como Iglesia también nos dice que a los demás también hay que alimentarlos por la manera en que vivimos y actuamos cada momento de cada día.

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“The eyes of all look hopefully to you, and you give them their food in due season.” — Psalm 145:15
 

 

“A ti, Señor, sus ojos vuelven todos y tú los alimentas a su tiempo.”
— Salmo 145 (144):15

 

 

 

PASTORS' MESSAGE

 

  Dear Parishioners and Friends,

    

             On January 26 to 31, 2016, the 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be held in the Philippines in the City of Cebu.

 

       What is a Eucharistic Congress? It is an international gathering of people which aims to: (1) promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; (2) help and improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy; (3) draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist.

 

       The work of the International Eucharistic Congress began in France in 1881 as a fruit of the Eucharistic apostolate of St. Peter-Julian Eymard, “the Apostle of the Eucharist”; Blessed Antoine Chevier (a French priest of the 19th century who founded the Work of the Prado, a clerical school); Venerable Leon Dupont (also known as “The Holy Man of Tours” or the “Apostle of the Holy Face” who helped spread various Catholic devotions, i.e. the Holy Face of Jesus and the nightly Eucharistic adoration, he currently awaits beautification; and Emilie Tamisier (she first proposed the idea of rendering public homage and veneration to the Blessed Sacrament under the form and name of the International Eucharistic Congress.

 

       The Congress normally takes place every four years. The daily celebration of the Eucharist is at the very heart of the Congress. The wider program of the Congress includes other liturgical celebrations, cultural events, catecheses, testimonies, and workshops during the week of the Congress.

 

       Pope Francis, on his address to the participants in the plenary of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congress declared, “In those days, the heart of the Catholic world will fix its gaze on the supreme mystery of the Eucharist to draw from it renewed apostolic and missionary zeal.…to help the faithful of every continent comprehend ever more and ever better the value and importance of the Eucharist in our life....
    The theme chosen for the upcoming International Eucharistic Congress is highly significant: “Christ in you, our hope of glory” (Col 1:27). It sets in full light the bond between the Eucharist, mission and Christian hope. Today
there is a lack of hope in the world, that is why humanity needs to hear the message of our hope in Jesus Christ. The Church proclaims this message with renewed ardour, utilizing new methods and new expressions. With the spirit of the “new evangelization”, the Church brings this message to all people and, in a special way, to those who, despite having been baptized, are far from the Church and live without reference to Christian life….
   
The 51st International Eucharistic Congress offers the opportunity to experience and comprehend the Eucharist as a transformative encounter with the Lord in his word and in his sacrifice of love, so that all may have life, and live in abundance (cf. Jn 10:10). It is a propitious occasion to rediscover the faith as a source of Grace that brings joy and hope in personal, familial and social life....” (27 September 2014)

 

       Be a part of history! Be a part of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. For more information, visit www.iec2016.ph or call the parish office. “Christ in You, our Hope of Glory” (Col 1:27).

 

                                                                                          Fr. Bernard Ranoa  &   Fr. Manny Ediza

 

In a very special way, parents share in the office of sanctifying “by leading a conjugal life
in the Christian spirit and by seeing to the Christian education of their children.”
— Catechism of the Catholic Church, 902

 

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