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    Sermon 604: Bread of Life : 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    Again, the Church's Gospel is taken from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. The principle concern of this Gospel is to provide testimony to the enduring presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This presence is foreshadowed in the mysterious "showbread' of the ancient temple of Israel. The promise that is symbolized in the "showbread" is fulfilled in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, the Church partakes of the its own "showbread", though no longer merely a symbol, it is the "Bread of Life"- the life and presence of Christ.
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I once heard a teacher say 'You can take the slaves out of Egypt but you can't take Egypt out of the slaves.' We just need to pray for guidance, Lord I trust You, strengthen my trust.
8/3/2012 12:15:31 AM
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Fr. Barron, I am unable to partake of The Blood of Christ, the Sacred Wine. I am unable to consume alcohol. The Body of Christ, always sustains me, has a transforming manifestation. I do believe it is Christ. I also believe the Sacred Wine, is The Blood of Christ. However, I had a difficult experience medically with this. Now, I feel I am missing out on all that Christ has to offer in the Sacraments. Please advise.
God Speed!
8/3/2012 3:17:16 PM
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Mark Malley
Why have I never seen the Our Father translated with "suprasubstantial bread"rather than just "our daily bread"? This would make it hard for non-Catholics to deny the real presence. This changes everything!
8/4/2012 7:53:28 PM
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vito benigno
Peace be with you!Father Barron and thank you this great sermon on the REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST,the EUCHARIST!I shared with a protestant brother what exactly the EUCHARIST means to us CATHOLICS.I went into the Sacred words JESUS our LORD said over 2000 yrs ago at the institution of the MOST HOLY SACRAMENT of the ALTAR.MY new friend certainly understood this was in no way a symbol of any kind but the REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST.ALSO, when OUR LORD JESUS said "TRULY, TRULY ,I SAY TO YOU, UNLESS YOU EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN AND DRINK HIS BLOOD ,YOU HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU;HE WHO EATS MY FLESH AND DRINKS MY BLOOD HAS ETERNAL LIFE,AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY.St. John Mary Vianney,Priest ORA PRO NOBIS!
8/4/2012 9:41:17 PM
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vito benigno
I think one day we will all understand fully why it is so important to pray the DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET daily.MI IMMACULATA Our LORD does not want one soul lost.
8/4/2012 9:53:05 PM
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Al Eriksen
Hi Kathy, I need to stay away from the wine as well. When I receive, I just kiss the Chalice and move on. I hope this helps. I hope it aint the wrong answer!
8/5/2012 8:47:51 AM
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Kathy & Al:
If I understand this correctly, the Catholic teaching is that Jesus' body, blood, soul & divinity is fully present in both/either species of the bread and wine. Therefore, if you only partake of the eucharist (in the form of bread), you are still partaking of the blood of Christ. Hope this helps.
8/5/2012 10:38:12 AM
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Diane Goddard
Thank you, Father, for your ministry. I love your weekly sermons. I would like to share these with my husband, but he is profoundly deaf. Print versions must be available, but I have not been able to access them on my iPad and email to my husband. Help!
8/5/2012 11:27:18 AM
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To Kathy:
For different reasons I am not to take part in the drinking of Christ blood. For me it is a matter of perception, Jesus understands very well my allergy to alcohol, he also knows my heart and it is there that The Holy Communion really takes place. The body and blood are the nourishment for my heart and soul. I am, in no way, not benefitted by not taking part of the blood of Christ for legitimate reasons. I am more concerned for partaking in Holy Communion not in the state of Grace, which is why I make a Holy Confession regularly. Christ is also more concerned about the condition of our soul than weather or not we are able or unable to recieve him both in his body and in his blood. You are indeed recieving the full effect of communion as long as you are not in a state of mortal sin.
8/5/2012 3:30:43 PM
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Bring back the classic music, I loved that beginning with Cardinal George-so much more inspiring!
8/5/2012 7:28:11 PM
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vito benigno
Without me looking into the actual catechism of HOLY MOTHER CHURCH,i believe you are correct.A very HOLY PRIEST at St.Dismas,Father Philip Wild who had doctorate in sacred theology.He was a LT.col in airforce ,a brilliant man who has gone to be with the LORD. told my wife and i while in RCIA that if we receive the BODY OF OUR LORD JESUS and not the precious BLOOD we have received our LORD SUBSTANTIALLY.
The dedication of the Basilica of St.Mary Major
8/5/2012 10:00:49 PM
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When you discussed the connection to the Lord's Prayer, you said that Jesus is inviting us to pray for the super substantial bread on a daily basis and that without it we become lost in the desert. Does this mean that we should be receiving the Eucharist daily?
8/6/2012 7:37:41 AM
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Fr. Barron, if you haven't read it you should check out "Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper" by Dr. Brant Pitre to understand more about the Jewish roots of the Eucharist.
8/6/2012 9:54:50 AM
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Al Erikson, beautiful idea! Thank-you for sharing!

Kristi and Vito, the sharing of thoughts on the transubstantiation of the blood and body of Christ has has inspired me to connect the temporal and eternal Christ.

Gary, I never totally understood the "where" I meet with Jesus in the Eucharist, until I read your comment.

Thank-you for responding to my bewilderment; that place was painful. God Speed!
8/6/2012 2:06:06 PM
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pat tanski
I loved the sermon so inspiring and down to earth.
8/6/2012 9:16:25 PM
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Rev.Dr. Harry Pickett
Dear Kathy et al,
Be assured that you substantially receive Christ in the one species, namely the bread. It is essentially the same as communing under one kind, which was common practice in the church. Some of you are mixing up host, bread and Eucharist. Eucharist is Greek for thanksgiving, and refers to the Eucharistic feast, i.e. Holy Communion. The host that is in the monstrance for example can be used in Eucharistic Adoration because it is a) consecrated and has the substantial and continuos presence of Christ in the Host and b) a continuation of the eucharistic feast. You might see this referred to as latreia.
8/7/2012 2:42:53 AM
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Kathy, as a child of 5 years(oh dear, that is 69 years ago!!!) when I was being taught the Catechism in preparationfor my first Holy Communion at 6 years, Mother Church taught us that whether you receive Holy Communion in the Species of the Bread alone or the Wine alone, Jesus is truly Present in His Divine Body, Blood Soul and Divinity in both Species. So even if you cannot receive the Consecrated Wine, you have truly received Our Lord
8/7/2012 4:35:59 AM
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Joey Stewart
I find this interesting in an intellectual and spiritual way. I did watch the DVD series as well, and found it interesting as I am a newly confirmed Catholic and very interested in learning more about the faith that I have become part of.
8/9/2012 12:05:05 PM
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Kathy, see the entries below from the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the presence of Christ in both species:

1376 The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation."

1377 The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.

8/10/2012 8:28:53 AM
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Mark & Kathy,

To Kathy,

At the parish I attend regularly, we don't drink from the cup at any of the masses, weekdays or Sundays, as the cup is never offered to the laity. Only the priest drinks from the cup. Yet at another nearby parish I have received under both species as at that church the cup is given to the laity as well.

Usually, though, I attend at the parish where we receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ Jesus in communion under the species of bread alone. So when we receive Him in Holy Communion under the species of bread alone, you can be sure that we are not missing out on anything. The CCC has some good reading and teaching and you can link to the section on the Sacrament of the Eucharist here:

To Mark,

Check out the translation found in the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible, Matthew chapter 6:

"Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our supersubstantial bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen."

There far too often seem to be many finer points that are altered, or left out of our new, modern-day translations! I think it's a shame that we have "dumbed down" the modern translations.

St. Luke in the Douay reads:

Luke 1:28 "And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."

Here's what we find in the translation that is used on the USCCB website:

Luke 1:28 "And coming to her, he said, Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”

Personally, I like to check what the readings are going to be for Sunday, and also the daily readings, and compare them with the Douay. I find this comparison helps a great deal with my learning and understanding of Sacred Scripture.

Like, for instance, "supersubstantial bread"!

Ave Maria!
8/11/2012 10:25:09 AM
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For someone who knows the Tanakh and its language, the whole Romanizing is rather far from the reality. Paul mentions this clearly in Rom 11, along with the warning about the spirit and germinating ideas of replacement theology.
8/12/2012 2:46:46 AM
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