18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus the Bread of Life
Today's reading follows last weeks feeding of the 5000. It sees Jesus in dialogue with the crowd. They have followed him across the lake and are asking him what they need to do to get the bread that Jesus is talking about. They are thinking of the material bread and demand a sign to believe. Yet Jesus is talking about the bread of life of spiritual nourishment. He has not yet introduced himself as this bread of life but it is implied.
How do we see Jesus?
Does his word and life nourish us and fulfil us?
Or are we more caught up in the reality of living day to day?
Feast of St Mary of the Cross
Consider this section from one of the displays at the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre in Penola SA.
Mary's Method of teaching provided a rigorous secular education for her pupils and she taught them 'to know their religion thoroughly and practice is properly'. Her method was unique because its integration of the secular and the religious acted upon 'the child's whole character of body, mind and soul.
This is what we still aspire to when we talk about high expectations and the integration of faith life and culture to develop the whole child.
How do we seek to teach them to know their religion and to practice it?
Resources on Mary MacKillop are located on a separate page. Find it listed in the Term Three pages.
The Minute Prayers
Explore suggestions in PC Prayer Planning when Time is Limited to enhance prayer in the secondary context in Homeroom or Pastoral Care time.
Feast of St Lawrence
St Lawrence was an early deacon of the church. The Roman authorities executed him as a martyr. He showed his faith in Christ by putting himself in the service of the poor. He valued people more than his life. Brainstorm ways in which you can be of service to others and write prayers seeking the courage to take a stand for others. St Lawrence is the Patron of Rome, students, miners, tanners, chefs, poor, firefighters.
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Feast of St Clare
St Clare joined St Francis of Assisi and his brothers against the wishes of her family when she fled to the church of the Porziuncola on Palm Sunday 1211. She led a life of work, prayer and devotion.
We can learn a lot about the simplicity and power of prayer from her example. Silence and solitude played its part in this. Sometimes we need to slow down and turn our face towards God.
Take the time to sit in quiet reflection as prayer today.
Reflection on the life of St Clare
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