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    What is the Parish Pastoral Council?  Prior to 1999 parishes in our diocese functioned with a group of men and women, elected by the parish members under the heading of Parish Council.  There were four major committees that assisted the Pastor in managing the day-to-day tasks of running a parish.In the year 2000, the Bishop asked all the parishes to adopt a new model of operation call...
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      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...
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Who Do You Say I Am?
Jesus asks his disciples this question in today’s Gospel. It is a question he asks us. Like Peter we answer, “You are the Christ!” The “Christ” is the anointed of God. The anointed is someone God has picked for the purpose of accomplishing a special task. In Jesus’ case, it was to offer his life for the salvation of the world. He was asked to live his life for others. This selfless act is expressed by the cross which is like a “compass” for us which points true North! It says, “This is the way to life with God.” The tradition of making the sign of the cross over our bodies is a constant reminder of the new identity we have received through Baptism as the anointed of God.
 
Reflections
Today’s Gospel focuses on external, religious practices that become an end in itself. All religious practices are meant to remind of us a deeper and interior purpose: to draw us closer to God and our neighbor. Often the practice itself can take on a life of its own, and disconnects from the reason we do the practice. If we practice “fasting” as requested by Christ, then it is to be rooted in its purpose. Fasting from food creates a hunger which reminds of us of the ultimate hunger for God, and the coming of a messianic feast when all hungers will be satisfied. Fasting also puts us in solidarity with a large percentage of the world’s population who go to bed hungry every day. When we fast one hour before communion or fast during Lent, we pay particular attention to what goes into the body for the purpose of connecting us with what is at the core of our lives (our hearts), a desire to be one with God and our neighbors. 
 
Walking Away
Last week, we hinted at the growing controversy over these hard sayings of Jesus. Today, we see a large number of disciples leave Jesus and return to their former way of life, no longer accompanying him.  It is good to read chapter 6 in its entirety. Beginning with the multiplication of loaves and fish, we are being led to “understand” the miracle in terms of the growing controversy over Jesus’ revelation as the “bread come down from heaven” where his flesh is real food and his blood real drink. Whoever eats this food will have eternal life.  
 
The miracle is not a problem as long as it is a “handout” where appetites are filled, but as soon as the discussion switches to a deeper hungering and a new, radical way of filling those deeper human longings with his life there is greater resistance. These  folks will accept the miracle, but only on their terms. The story of God’s intervention in human history has always been a surprise. At a certain point we must make a decision about whose “story” it is, God’s or our’s. In Christ, God has decided to become food, and this is His story. Like all food that sustains us, we come to the realization that in order for us to live something has to die. It is the nature of food to transfer life. As Christ gives us his life, he transfers his life to us. The saying “you are what you eat” has serious consequences for the disciple. His life, freely given, transfigures us into “other Christs.” As “other Christs”  we too must become life-sustaining food for others. What we receive we must now give. Jesus continues to challenge his disciples as he asks every generation, “Do you want to leave me too? Hopefully, like Peter, we will say, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!”
 
Living Bread
As we continue the “living bread” discourse, we hear the growing controversy which will end with many of the disciples leaving Jesus. The language is hard for many to swallow. With 2000 years of history behind us, the words hardly create a stir today. Yet, as then, God is ultimately concerned with what we consume. From the time of Eden to this present moment there has been controversy about the food we eat. Today’s Gospel challenges us to take a look at what we consume and make a steady diet. Our appetites are enormous and go beyond hungers of the stomach. We look for what will “fill us up” and satisfy us. Our appetites at times are insatiable leaving us wanting more and more. Jesus challenges us by asking us to feed on him. This is the food that comes down from heaven which satisfies our deepest hunger—that empty hole that never gets filled up. It is that eternal yearning within for what will satisfy the longings of the human heart. In a world of want and need where we grow old and sick, where violence and terror overwhelm, God offers us the food that satisfies by sharing his life and love with us. In our Eucharist, we, who consume God, are ultimately consumed by the life we receive. We become what we eat. “Whoever eats this bread has eternal life.” This is wonderful fare for us, mere mortals.
 
Feast of the Assumption
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY falls on a Saturday this year, and is NOT a holy day of obligation. It remains a Holy Day and all are encouraged to attend Mass in honor of our Lady. Masses for the Assumption are the anticipated Mass at 4:00pm on Friday and 9:00am on Saturday.
 
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