Taste And See The Goodness Of The Lord

In advance for this Sunday, 20th Ordinary Time 
Scripture readings for the Mass are here.

Music arrangement for Psalm 34 below.
Taste and See The Goodness Of The Lord

John Michael Talbot Reflections I Am The Bread of Life

"These things, my friends, are called sacraments, because our eyes see in them one thing, our understanding another. 

Our eyes see the material form; our understanding, its spiritual effect.

 If, then, you want to know what the body of Christ is, you must listen to what the Apostle tells the faithful: Now you are the body of Christ, and individually you are members of it.

 If that is so, it is the sacrament of yourselves that is placed on the Lord's altar, and it is the sacrament of yourselves that you receive. 

You reply 'Amen' to what you are, and thereby agree that such you are. 

You hear the words 'The body of Christ' and you reply 'Amen.

 Be, then, a member of Christ's body, so that your 'Amen' may accord with the truth." 

St. Augustine Sermon.

CREDITS: Music: Lamb of God from Mass of Spirit and Grace by Ricky Manalo, CSP. OCP.


Sometimes, it's hard to understand exactly how to be part of the the Body of Christ,
 whether in my own way of discerning, in the church's way, in the way of a world full of discord and disagreement.

But it is today no different than it was in Jesus own time. 
His ragged band of disciples tried to stay faithful, failed often and picked themselves up again and again.

But the taste of the Lord is indeed good and far surpasses anything else.
 Once tasted nothing else can satisfy the hunger.

 This extract below is from Against an Infinite Horizon by Fr. Ron Rolheiser and is a great piece for reflection.

"When Jesus links the idea of breaking to the Eucharist, the rending and breaking down  that he is talking about have to do with narcissism, individualism, pride, self serving ambition and all the other things that prevent us from letting go of ourselves so as to be truly with others. 

Buddhism suggests that everything that is wrong in the world can be explained in one image, that of the group photo. Whenever anyone looks at  a group photo, that person always first looks at how he or she turned out and only afterwards considers whether or not it is a good picture of the group. 
Breaking the Eucharistic bread has a whole lot to do with looking first at how the group turned out. 

St Augustine in his sermons, was fond of telling people If you receive this well, you are what you receive.... for the loaf that contains Christ is made up of many individual kernels of grain, but these kernels must, to become the loaf containing Christ, first be ground up and then baked together by fire. " (Sermon 227, In Die Paschae IV).

My first thought on reading this was who are the missing faces from our group photo and why are there missing kernels of grain from our churches ?

Broken For Me Broken For You

From Margaret Silf's entry for this Sunday from her Book of Grace Filled Days:

" All seeking and striving for peace in our world begins in the most unpeaceful place we know: our own hearts.

When we tune in to the heartbeat of God, then our words will be truthful and our actions pure. 

Only then will the world begin to move closer to God's peace."

Tuning in indeed !!!  

The last verse of the poem "Anemone" I posted earlier this week reverberates.

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