CATHOLIC BIBLE SCHOOL WEEKEND – We continue to make preparations for
the Bible Weekend from 5th-7th October. The next planning
meeting is Monday 10th September.
HAPPY HOLIDAY – To all the staff and students and their
families of our Catholic schools, who have just begun their long summer
MISSION APPEAL NEXT SUNDAY – Given on behalf of the Holy Ghost
Fathers or Spiritans by Fr. Emmanuel Osei-Akoto.
FR. MATTHEW AWAY – From this Sunday afternoon, 29thJuly, returning 17th August. Fr. Jonathan from Belmont will be
looking after the parish, he is available on 374737. There will not be mass
every weekday while Fr. Matthew is away, please pay careful attention to the list
of mass times on the back of this bulletin.
REFLECTION –Today's liturgy brings together several strands of Old
Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel's promised Messiah and king,
the Lord who comes to feed His people. Notice the parallels between today's
Gospel and First Reading. Both Elisha and Jesus face a crowd of hungry people
with only a few “barley” loaves. We hear similar words about how impossible
it will be to feed the crowd with so little. And in both the miraculous
multiplication of bread satisfies the hungry and leaves food left over. The
Elisha story looks back to Moses, the prophet who fed God's people in the
wilderness (see Exodus 16). Moses prophesied that God would send a prophet
like him (see Deuteronomy 18:15-19).
The crowd in today's Gospel, witnessing His miracle, identifies Jesus as that
prophet. The Gospel today again shows Jesus to be the Lord, the good
shepherd, who makes His people lie down on green grass and spreads a table
before them (see Psalm 23:1,5). The miraculous feeding is a sign that God has
begun to fulfill His promise, which we sing of in today's Psalm – to give His
people food in due season and satisfy their desire (see Psalm 81:17). But Jesus points to the final
fulfillment of that promise in the Eucharist. He does the same things He does
at the Last Supper – He takes the loaves, pronounces a blessing of
thanksgiving (literally, “eucharist”), and gives the bread to the people (see
Matthew 26:26). Notice, too, that 12 baskets of
bread are left over, one for each of the apostles. These are signs that
should point us to the Eucharist – in which the Church founded on the
apostles continues to feed us with the living bread of His body. In this
Eucharist, we are made one body with the Lord, as we hear in today's Epistle.
Let us resolve again, then, to live lives worthy of such a great