READINGS for 2009-08-16
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” – John 6:51
When we have leftover bread from breakfast, I put them in the ref so we can still eat them for merienda. All I do is toast the bread and they’re good as new.
Here are other ways to make use of leftover bread:
1. Cut bread in cubes, toast and use as Caesar’s Salad topping.
2. Toast bread, crush into breadcrumbs and use to coat fried chicken or pork chops.
3. Mash bread and use as extender for hamburgers or meat loaf.
4. Make bread pudding. Just mix mashed bread with milk, egg, sugar, raisins and nuts, and then bake.
5. Use loaf bread as topping for onion soup.
6. Wrap bread around small hotdog, pin in place with toothpick. Toast and serve as cocktails pica-pica.
7. Make pan de sal into mini-pizza. Spread pizza sauce on bread, top with ham, mushroom, red pepper, olives, pineapple tidbits plus grated cheese, then toast. Yummy!
But with the Bread of Life, our Lord Jesus, the best use is what He Himself prescribes in today’s Gospel: Just eat the Bread and live forever. Cynthia Santiago
What’s your favorite bread?
Lord Jesus, may You and You alone be my daily bread.
Wisdom is sometimes portrayed as a somewhat esoteric and distant reality. This could not be further from the truth. Wisdom is one of the most practical and down-to-earth realities that we have. Wisdom must be at the foundation of all that we say and do and all that we build for the Kingdom of God. Without the wisdom of God we are building on the shifting sands of time and any builder will tell you that that building is a disaster waiting to happen.
1 Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; 2 she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table. 3 She has sent out her maidens; she calls from the heights out over the city 4 “Let whoever is simple turn in here; to him who lacks understanding, I say, 5 Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! 6 Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.”
P S A L M
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 or Psalm 34:2-3. 10-11. 12-13. 14-15 (9a)
R: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
1  I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 2  Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. (R) 3  Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. 4  I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (R) 5  Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 6  When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. (R)
Paul seems to be telling us that the wisdom of God is more intoxicating and full of pleasure than any wine or spirits. There is no doubt that this is so as how can there be anything better than knowing and experiencing the truth at work in our lives? God’s foolishness is better than human wisdom; how much better will God’s wisdom be? Let us not be fooled by the lies and seductions of the world but hold firm to the truth of God’s wisdom and love.
15 Brothers and sisters: Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, 16 making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. 18 And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another [in] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
G O S P E L
Jesus tells the people that the food He brings is food that will last forever. They remember and celebrate the miraculous feeding of the manna in the desert but that lasted only until the next meal. The food He gives — the food of salvation — will last for eternal life. We cannot ask for anything more remarkable than that. Let us then pray for a deeper appreciation and respect for the Eucharist and the gift of life it celebrates for us.
51 Jesus said to the crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” 52 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
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The thing that stands out in our Gospel reading for today is Jesus’ use of ultra-realistic (not just figurative) terms or expressions in His discourse. It seems like an overkill. We understand now why the shock or the big deal on the part of the crowd who heard Jesus’ words: “The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’”
Well, if we were to take the Responsorial Psalm, we have a similar effect. We are told, “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” While it is of course a metaphor, the first verb nevertheless has a unique result.
In any case, here we see Jesus truly as the expert catechist. He simply touched on and used a most basic point in our human existence: food, or eating. And concerning this, we all know the axiom: “You are what you eat.” Now, if this were not true, do you think our Lord Jesus will still insist that “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of his blood, you do not have life within you”?
And so on second thought, Jesus’ demands are not an instance of an overkill. He is simply drawing from our everyday human experience, highlighting something already there, that’s part and parcel of our human nature. In the context of His catechesis on the Holy Eucharist, it is an excellent point of departure for a profound teaching.
Truly, the deepest hungers of the stomach are never adequately assuaged by junk food. The deepest hungers of the mind are never adequately eased by Internet websites. And the deepest hungers of the heart and soul are never adequately satisfied by telenovelas and music videos. We need something more nutritious, something more substantial, something more fulfilling. It is known as the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise the excess calories will only result in more flab. So how’s that for an overkill? Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
What are my deepest hungers? What am I doing about them?
Lord Jesus, increase my hunger for You so that I may continue to know You and follow You.
St. Stephen of Hungary, King, pray for us.
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