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Sunday, July 25, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Every so often we, at the church, receive free copies of books meant to enhance our faith from a firm called: The Dynamic Catholic Institute. Their Mission is “To re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.” I enjoy their slogan: “Be Bold, Be Catholic!”
Being “BOLD” is often a challenge for most Christians but the necessity to be so has its foundations in this weekend’s Biblical lessons. This weekend’s first Biblical lesson comes from the second book of Kings and we hear about the great prophet Elijah’s successor, the young Elisha. There was a severe famine in the land and this small passage shows an example of a man offering twenty barley loaves, the first fruits of the crop. This is reminiscent of the “first fruits” that compose an offering to God. Instead, the young prophet Elisa boldly orders that the meager offering be placed before the people to eat. When questioned about it Elisha boldly make a prophesy: “thus says the LORD: You will eat and have some left over” 2 Kings 4:43.
Because of the brevity of the Gospel of Mark, the church now switches for a few weeks to the Gospel of John. This is at the very beginning of chapter six which teaches about Jesus as the “bread of life.” This opening story is similar to the Old Testament text. Though not a famine, many of Jesus’ followers are famished, tired, and fatigued. Philip’s response to Jesus’ request that the disciples provide refreshment for them is insightful and logical. It helps set the scene for the miracle that is to follow. “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little” John 6:7. Then of course there is a youngster with some food for his own lunch: five barley loaves and two fish.” Even we can agree with the observation about what good is that for so many in need. But Jesus is not dismayed but acts “boldly” in the name of God His Father.
He publicly takes the meager meal, raises it up before the crowd, prays a blessing, breaks the bread, and shares the meal. The crowd receives and receives and receives until each of the twelve apostles collect a basket full of fragments left over.
Being a friend of God like Elisha, or a disciple of God’s Son, Jesus, requires us to be “Bold” as well as we profess our faith and “Bold” as we act out of the same unconditional love. How “Bold” have you been lately?
THIS WEEKEND WE WELCOME the more recently ordained Fr. Mario Racho, Parochial Vicar/Associate Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls, NY. He will assist us with Confessions and 4:30PM Mass on Saturday and the 10am and 12Noon masses on Sunday. Thank you so very much for your assistance to us at Nativity while Fr. Ron conducts Mission Appeals locally here in the Buffalo Diocese this weekend.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FR. DANIEL who this weekend, Sunday July 25th was officially installed as pastor of All Saints Parish in Lockport by Bishop Michael Fisher. Our prayers continue for Fr. Daniel’s successful ministry among his flock in Lockport, NY.