18 Sunday B: Jesus, the Bread of Life

Michel DeVerteuil
Textual Comments
In this passage, Jesus again draws lessons about life from the feeding of the five thousand.
I remind you that all teaching of Jesus recorded in the gospels is intended to speak to experience, and we must therefore appeal to our experience to discover its truth. This can be difficult with passages like these: one reason is that the language is not the kind that we use ordinarily. Some expressions – such as “eternal life,” “being drawn by the Father,” “living bread,” “flesh” – you will have to bring down to earth for yourself, applying them to what you have lived yourself.

17 Sunday B - Shorter Homily

17th Ordinary Sunday, Year B, 29.07.2018
2 Kings 4:42-44 / Ephesians 4:1-6 / John 6:1-15

Coming for Mass can be quite distracting and challenging, especially if we are hungry.

In the West where eating is like a habit and a lifestyle, to be hungry for a prolonged period of time sounds abnormal and strange.

17 Sunday B: Give them Something to Eat

 Like the crowds we have gathered here to hear the message of Jesus.
Like those crowds we have gathered here to be fed from his hands.
Like on that hillside, Jesus takes our loaf, gives thanks to the Father, and gives it to all of us who are sitting around ready to be fed by him.

16 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see second reading)
Jesus came to bring the good news of peace:
peace to those who are far away
and peace to you who are close-by.
May that peace be always with you. R/ And also with you.

16 Sunday B: Leadership: Disciples & People

 Michel DeVerteuil 
Textual Comments
Today’s passage, like those of the last two Sundays, is an account of the ministry of Jesus and contains several messages that are important for us today. We can feel free to identify with one of the three characters in the story:
–  Jesus,
–  the apostles,
–  the crowds.
Verse 30.  Jesus highlights the contrast between two aspects of teaching:
– “what we do”
– “what we teach”.
These are two distinct realities and in our teaching we should reflect on both. We need to share how we feel about things – within ourselves, with one another, and finally with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

15th Sunday B - A Shorter Reflection

15th July 2018, 15th Ordinary Sunday, Year B. 
Amos 7:12-15 / Ephesians 1:3-14 / Mark 6:7-13

Some people say that football is an amazing game. For those of us who love to watch football or play the game, we will certainly agree.

15 Sunday B: Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see second reading)
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
has chosen us in Christ
to live in his presence
and with him to carry out his plan
of bringing everyone together under Christ.
May the Lord's peace and grace
be always with you. R/ And also with you.

UK Professional Divers Reaching the Thai Football Team

Despite Thai Navy claiming part of the operation to reach the boys, here's the UK divers' team:

14 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see second reading)
It is when we are weak
that we are strong in the Lord.
May the strength of God's grace
be always with you. R/ And also with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant

Risks in Faith and Carelessness with Lives

On the one hand there are people who take such tremendous risks to express their faith, and on the other hand, there are guys who destroy others' lives by sheer carelessness.

14 Sunday B: Jesus Spoke with Authority - Prophets

 Michel DeVerteuil 
Textual Comments

The gospel passage for this Sunday is St Mark’s version of Jesus’ return to his home town of Nazareth, accompanied by his disciples. He began to teach in Nazareth, and many were astonished by what they saw in him. They wondered where all this wisdom had come from. What they saw was very different from what others had seen. This man was one of them, in the deepest sense; they knew him and his family. The people of the town would not accept him; even though they had heard of his outstanding accomplishments in other places, they could not see what made him so special.