Image for Meditating over the Gospel - August 12. “The bread that I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world” -John 6:51
In his homily on Sunday, August 5, Fr. Hurlbert shared the importance of developing a devotional life, spiritual practices that engage us on an emotional level with the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He is the Bread of Life, but in order for us to understand our need for Him, we need to develop a living relationship with him. Devotional practices can be communal or they can be done privately. For example, a group of parishioners prays the rosary together each weekday morning before the 8:15 Mass. Some others stay and pray it individually afterwards. Here are just a few ideas for devotional practices that you might consider:
Journey with fellow parishioners as they share their reflection on the Sunday readings.
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Life for the World
Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." (John 6:51)
Adults: When has the bread of life given you the strength you needed to face a difficult situation
in your life?
Kids: What will you ask Jesus to help you with when you receive Holy Communion this week?
http://rclblectionary.com/. For each Sunday and for other major feasts of the liturgical year, the "Gospel Reflections" section includes a reflection for families, suggestions for bringing the Gospel into your family, and discussion starters. Another section of the site presents a "Question of the Week" for adults and for children - in English and Spanish.
http://www.catholicfamilyfaith.org/sunday-worship--lectionary-resources.html. Provides a number of online resources to help all family members prepare for Sunday Mass and connect liturgy and life.
The following are links to some useful web sites to provide daily or weekly reflection from a national author. Check them out!
Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI: www.ronrolheiser.com Features weekly columns with easy access to previous columns.
Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles; former president of Mundelein Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago: www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog
Joan Chittister, a Benedictine sister and popular spiritual author, offers a free weekly newsletter, Vision & Viewpoint. Weekly columns – A Word from Joan – are featured on her website, http://www.joanchittister.org/.
Sacred Space, daily prayer offered by the Irish Jesuits: www.sacredspace.ie/daily-prayer
--Offered by our Adult Faith Formation Committee