Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A - 02 August 2020
Readings: Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35, 37-39; Matthew 14:13-21
Haere mai e te whanau, Tëná koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome, family, greetings to you all. May the Lord be with you.
The hand of the Lord feeds us: he answers all our needs.
The pandemic has reminded us how we are all in the same boat. Realizing that we have the same concerns and fears has shown us once more that no one can be saved alone. To grow truly, we must grow together, sharing what we have, like the boy who offered Jesus five barley loaves and two fish, yet they proved enough for five thousand people. Pope Francis: Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020
Last Sunday we began the next stage of our Sacramental Programme as we prepare our children for First Holy Communion. The children and the parents met to consider the deeper meanings and implications of the Eucharist. The wisdom and insight from both parents and our young was impressive. During this week the candidates and their caregivers have reflected on today’s miraculous feeding of the 5,000. I look forward to their insights before our Eucharist. Let us give thanks for the miracle of sharing that is so evident in our family and parish life - let us also pray for new ways to share the precious gift of the Eucharist.
With every blessing in Christ
Michael McCabe, Parish Priest