As we prepare to celebrate the eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, we move from our parables about the Kingdom of God to one of Jesus' more famous miracles: the multiplication of the loaves and fish.
In fact, all of the readings this week have a theme of "divine nourishment," in which our God, who desires to be present with us, also wishes to feed us and satisfy the desires of our hearts. And, in no way is this better accomplished than in the Holy Eucharist, which is the very sacrament by which Jesus is most intimately present with us and through which we are spiritually sustained.
We know that present circumstances make it difficult for our entire community to be together and that some are not able to receive the Eucharist physically. But as St. Paul says, "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 8:38-39).
So whether online or in person, with physical Communion or spiritual Communion, we hope to celebrate our Lord with you as always and look forward to being more fully united with you.
Sincerely in Christ,
The Clergy & Staff of Blessed Sacrament