July 25, 2021
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In today's gospel we hear of Jesus miraculously providing for thousands of people from what began as a small and simple offering - five barley loaves and two fish. This miracle, recounted in chapter six of St. John's Gospel, sets the stage for what is commonly referred to as the "Bread of Life Discourse," Jesus's essential teaching on the Holy Eucharist, which is truly His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is the perfect scripture to serve as the foundation for our Year of the Eucharist, which begins this weekend. This special observance, which will conclude on All Saints Day (November 1) 2022, will be an opportunity for our entire parish community to grow in love and devotion to our Eucharistic Lord, to deepen our understanding of this central mystery of our Faith, and to strengthen our bonds of communion with our brothers and sisters, here at Holy Spirit and beyond.
At this Mass, and at every Mass, Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. He offers us the gift of Himself, that we might be nourished and strengthened as we journey toward our heavenly homeland. He reminds us of his boundless love, and of his unceasing desire to be close to us, and us to Him. There is no greater gift we have on Earth than Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and there is no more privileged place to encounter Him than at Holy Mass. May this liturgy and our entire Year of the Eucharist deepen our desire to receive and share Jesus, and may our offerings to the Lord be multiplied by Him for His eternal glory.
Yours in Christ,
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