Rev. Keith Laskowski

July 31/August 1, 2021

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

   THE TWO BIGGEST SELLERS IN ANY BOOKSTORE, according to Andy Rooney, are the cookbooks and the diet books. The cookbooks tell you how to prepare the food, and the diet books tell you how not to eat any of it. Orson Wells once said, "My doctor has advised me to give up those intimate little dinners for four, unless, of course, there are three other people eating with me." If you turn on the TV, there are numerous shows about food. “Chopped” and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” are two of my favorites.

   What if we were as passionate about spiritual food as we are about earthly food?

   The first reading from the book of Exodus reminds us that: God provides food for his people as they journey through the desert to the promised land. Each morning he provided manna, a bread-like substance. "I will now rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not.”

   Does this sound familiar? Hopefully, we pray this every day, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

   In the Gospel, Jesus tells us, “I am the bread of life.” Jesus continues to provide for His people. Jesus continues to recognize the needs of His people and He promises to provide for us. God does not always give us what we want, but God does provide what we need. Jesus provides for our material needs and our spiritual needs. Bread is a symbol of food that satisfies hunger.

   We have material hungers and spiritual hungers. Material hunger is a need for basic necessities – food, clothing, a home, work. We must thank God for providing our material necessities.

   Jesus also provides for our spiritual hungers. Spiritual hunger is more profound. We hunger to be loved, to be appreciated, to be accepted, to belong, to be forgiven, and to be filled with hope. Jesus assures us of His real presence.

   When we pray the Our Father, we pray these words, “Give us this day our daily bread.” We are praying to our Heavenly Father to provide for our material and spiritual hungers. Notice the word, “daily.” This is very important. It stresses an essential point. One day at a time. God will take care of us one day at a time. Pray for the grace to believe and to trust that the God of the universe will take care of you always!!

Have a good week!

Fr. Keith