On this week's programme we have the third and final part of our interview with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal about their life and ministry.
You can listen to the podcast of this week's programme HERE.
Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (Part 3)
You can read more about the friars including the first and second part of this series of interviews HERE and HERE.
You can listen to the interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.
Gospel - Matthew 14:13-21
If we look at today's Gospel, it may remind us of the actions of the Mass. We bring our offerings to God. Jesus took the bread and the fish, He blessed the meal, broke the loaves, gave it to his disciples. The same action takes place during our celebration of the Mass. We bring our offerings to God - not just the bread and wine - but our whole lives, ourselves, our relationships, our joys, our worries, our dreams, our hopes are all offered to God on the paten. Jesus takes our offerings and blesses them. He consecrates the bread and wine to become His Body and Blood. He consecrates us as His Body, members of His Church. Nourished at the Table of the Lord, Jesus commissions us to go out and to give others 'something to eat' (Mt 14:16). What can we give others for nourishment? We can give them ourselves, our time, our talents, our help, our love, our support, but most of all, we can give others Jesus. Pope Benedict reminds us that "Each of us is truly called, together with Jesus, to be bread broken for the life of the world." (Sacramentum Caritatis 88).
Pastoral Prayer (inspired by Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:4-13)~ written by Katherine Hawker, on Liturgy Outside http://liturgyoutside.net/ From http://re-worship.blogspot.ie/
Reflections on this week's gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds and ends
Liturgy of the Hours - 18th week in ordinary time; Psalter week 2
Saints of the week
August 4th - St. John Vianney (the Cure of Ars)
August 5th - St. Addal
August 6th - The Transfiguration of the Lord
August 7th - St. Cajetan
August 8th - St. Dominic
August 9th - St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Patron of Europe