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July 31, 2005 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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FIRST READING: Is. 55: 1-3 "Oh, come to the water all who are thirsty."



RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 145 "You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires."



SECOND READING:

Rom. 8: 35, 37-39 "No creature can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ."



GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

Mt. 4: 4 "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."



GOSPEL: Mt. 14: 13-21

"They all ate and were satisfied."





FOCUS: "And breaking the loaves he handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied."



REFLECTION: As the bread, which comes from the earth, on receiving the invocation of God, is no longer common bread but Eucharist, and is then both earthly and heavenly; so our bodies, after partaking of the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, having the hope of the eternal resurrection.

St. Irenaeus



It would be wrong to think that since communion with God is the supreme aim of man, it will be granted only at some later time, for instance at the end of all our labors. No, here and now it must be our constant and unceasing state. When we have no communion with God, and do not feel Him within us, we must recognize that we have turned away from our aim and from the way chosen for us.

Theophane the Recluse





August 6 is the feast of the Transfiguration. If you can't make it to Mass, maybe you could read this mind-blower at home.

First Reading Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14

Responsorial Psalm 97: 1-2, 5-6, 9

Second Reading 2 Peter 1: 16-19

Gospel Acclamation Matthew 17: 5

Gospel Mathew 17: 1-9



Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life.





APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: God calls us to come to Him with love, His love draws us. He promises to fill our earthly needs and to grant us eternal life with Him in Heaven if we love like He does. Jesus was grieving for John the Baptist, but he put aside his own sadness to care for his followers, who numbered some 5,000, not counting women and children. (This shows that the Church does indeed change through the centuries. Now we count women and children.)



General Intercessions:

Introduction: My brothers and sisters, God our Father is our origin and our goal; He is Who hears our prayers. Let us offer our prayers to God, whose gifts are without measure:

For Christians everywhere: that we will joyfully proclaim and live our faith in Christ the eternal gift from God;

For peace and well-being of the whole world, that God's gift to us in this life (Jesus) will lead us to salvation in the life to come;

For those who suffer from hunger, sickness, or loneliness: that the gift of Christ's presence bring them health and peace;

For our community and our families, for all of us who welcome Christ into our lives: that we receive him in the poor and suffering people of this world.



Preface: Sixth for Sundays in Ordinary Time

Introduce the breaking of the bread by referring to the multiplication of the loaves taking place in the Eucharist.



Prayers over the People: 18, 19, or 23





Faith Formation

The Second Reading today, from Paul's letter to the Romans, is Paul at his best. Having heard the Good News and taken the message to heart, we know nothing will ever separate us from the love of God. We have God's promise on that. All we have to do is love Him and all His creatures.

The First Reading tells it like it is: "Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life." That reading from Isaiah could be part of your daily reading of the Bible.

The story of the loaves and fishes is a comfort, isn't it. Jesus loves us.

Song suggestions:

Just a Closer Walk with Thee PMB, WW

O Bless the Lord, My Soul (Walker)

BB/MI





Children's Liturgy of the Word

After reading the gospel ask the children to think about the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Jesus took a small amount of bread and fish and fed a multitude of people. Note that Jesus didn't start from scratch but increased what was already present. As we experience God our talents are being multiplied. The saints and holy people are examples of God working though people. They are ordinary individuals who achieve extraordinary accomplishments, through the grace of God.

Song suggestions:

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle ASong suggestions:

Creator of the Stars of Night BB, CBW II,

CVH, WP

Prayer of Saint Francis (Temple) ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB,

WCH
GATHERING SONG:
Alive in Christ Jesus (Haas) CCH, G2, GC
All You Who Are Thirsty (Connolly) GC,
GTR, G2, RS
Beatitudes (Dameans) BB, GP, JS2, S&S
The Beatitudes (Lovelace) AF-11-1867
Beatitudes CBW III, CCH, SS, WP
Blest Are the Pure in Heart CBW III, CVH
Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI, CCH,
CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR, RS, S&S
Blest Are Those GC, GTR
Come and Let Us Drink of that New River
CCH, CVH, GC, RS, SS, WP
Come, Taste and See (Becker) BB, GP2, JS2
Come to the Feast (Haugen) CCH, G2, GC
Come to Us (Cooney) BB, GP2, G2, GC. S&S
Gather Us In (Haugen) ACH, BB/MI,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR,
RS, S&S, SM, SS, WCH, W&S, WP
Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love BB/MI,
CCH, CBW III, GC, G2, GTR, RS, S&S,
SS, SM, WCH, W&S, WP
Lift High the Cross BB/MI, CBW II,
CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, RS, SS,
SM, WCH, W&S, WP
Lord, to Whom Shall We Go (Joncas)
BB/MI, GP, JS2, S&S
Renew Us, Lord SM, WCH, W&S
River of Glory (Schutte) ACH, A-1002,
BB/MI, GP2, JS2, S&S
Shall We Gather at the River ACH, JS2
Seek First (Berthier) CCH, RS, TAIZE II
Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Sands)
BB, G2, GTR, GC, S&S
Sing Praise to Our Creator PMB2, SM,
W&S, WCH
Waters of Love SM, W&S, WCH
We Come to Your Feast (Joncas) CCH, GC,
G2
What Is This Place (Oosterhuis) BB, CCH,
GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR, JS2, RS, S&S, WP

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name (Smith) BB
Let All Things Now Living (Davis) CCH-
318, GC-567
Psalm 145: I will praise your name (Haas)
CCH-46, GTR-59, G2-121, GC-137
Psalm 145: I will praise your name (Guimont) CCH-561
Psalm 145: I will praise your name for ever (Roberts) RS
Psalm 145: Praise God (Ault) GPCOMP,
S&S

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
Abba, Father! (Keating) PMB2, W&S
Abba! Father! (Landry) BB/MI, GP, S&S
Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH, BB/MI,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR,
RS, S&S, SM, SS, WCH, W&S
Christians, Let Us Love One Another
BB/MI, CBW III, HM, JS2
Come to the Feast / Ven al Banquete
(Hurd) BB, JS2, S&S
Earthen Vessels (Foley) ACH, CBW III,
BB/MI, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Even Me LMGM
For the Healing of the Nations BB, RS
Flow River Flow (Hurd) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
God, Whose Purpose Is to Kindle CCH,
GC, G2, RS, SS, WP
Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God
(Norbet) ACH, BB, GP, JS2, SM, S&S,
W&S, WCH
Here I Am, Lord (Chepponis) CCH, G-3292
Here I Am, Lord (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR,
RS, S&S, SM, SS, WCH, W&S
Here I Am, Lord (Verdi) G-3021
Let Us Be One PMB2, SM, W&S, WCH
Lord, You Have Come (Garbarian) BB/MI,
CCH, CVH, LMGM, GC, G2, JS2, RS, S&S
O God of Loveliness PMB2, W&S
Only In God (Foley) BB, CBW III, GP,
GPCOMP, S&S
Only This I Want (Schutte) BB/MI, CBW
III, CCH, GC, GP, G2, GPCOMP, S&S
Remember Your Love (Dameans) BB/MI,
CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, S&S
Said Judas to Mary CCH, SS, WP
Seek Ye First (Lafferty) BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, GC, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP
We Remember (Haugen) ACH, BB/MI,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR,
RS, S&S, SM, SS, WCH, W&S, WP
You Have Put On Christ (Hansen) BB, JS2,
S&S
You Are All We Have (O'Brien) G2, GC

COMMUNION:
All You Who Are Thirsty (Connolly) CCH,
G2, GC, GTR, RS
Bless the Feast (Hansen) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
Bread, Blessed and Broken (Lynch)
BB/MI, GP, JS2, S&S
Bread of Life (Cooney) BB, GPCOMP, S&S
Bread of Life (Farrell) BB/MI, CBW III,
GC, JS2, S&S
Bread of Life, Hope of the World G2-590,
GC-821
Bread to Share (Haugen) CCH, RS, SS
Eat This Bread (Berthier) BB/MI, CCH,
CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR, RS,
S&S, SM, SS, WCH, W&S, WP
Gift of Finest Wheat Kreutz) ACH, BB,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR,
RS, S&S, SM, SS, WCH, W&S, WP
I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan) ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP,
G2, GTR, PMB2, RS, S&S, SM, SS, WCH,
W&S, WP
I Am the Bread of Life (Talbot) S&S, SM,
W&S, WCH
I Come With Joy CBW III, CCH, GC,
PMB2, RS, WCH, WP
I Myself Am the Bread of Life (Cooney)
BB, CCH, GC
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me (Spiritual)
312-10269
Let Us Break Bread Together ACH, BB,
HL-402-12104, PMB2, SS, WCH, WP
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling BB, CCH
Now in This Banquet (Haugen) CCH,
GTR, G-2918, G2-600, GC-833
Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless
ACH, BB, CCH, CVH, GC, JS2, S&S, SS,
W&S, WCH, WP
Taste and See (Haugen) CCH, GTR
Taste and See (Moore) GC, GPCOMP,
GTR, SM, W&S, WCH
Take and Eat this Bread (O'Brien) G2-606
The Lord Is My True Shepherd (Ps. 23)
(Westendorf) BB/MI, PMB2, S&S, WCH
You Have Put On Christ (Dean) BB/MI,
GP2, JS2, S&S

SONG OF PRAISE:
Come and Let Us Drink of That New
River CCH, RS-902 W3-723
Come to the Water (Foley) BB/MI, CCH,
CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR,
RS, S&S
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
(Joncas) BB/MI, GPCOMP, GC, GTR, S&S
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
(Walker) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
Praise and Thanksgiving CCH, GC
We Praise You (Dameans) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, G2, GTR, GC, JS2, S&S

CLOSING SONG:
Bring Forth the Kingdom (Haugen)
CCH, GC, GTR, RS
Canticle of the Sun (Haugen) ACH, BB,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR,
RS, S&S, WP
Christ Is Alive CBW III, CCH, CVH,
GTR, HM, PMB2, RS, SS, WP
Father, We Thank Thee CBW III, CCH,
CVH, HM, PMB2, SS, W&S, WCH, WP,
For the Healing of the Nations BB/MI,
CCH, HM, RS, WP
Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)
BB/MI, CCH, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP,
G2, GTR, RS, S&S, WCH, W&S
God's Holy Mountain PMB2, WCH, W&S
If God Is For Us (Foley) BB, GP, JS2, S&S
If God Is for Us (Brown) BB, JS2, S&S
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say BB, CCH,
RS
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You BB/MI,
CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, RS, SS, WP
Look Beyond (Ducote) BB/MI, GP, GC,
GTR, GPCOMP, G2, JS2, S&S
O Bless the Lord Michaels) BB, CBW III,
JS2, S&S
O Blessed Are Those (Inwood) BB/MI, GC,
GTR, G2, S&S
Praise to the Lord ACH, BB, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, GC, HM, JS2, PMB2, RS, WP
Sent Forth by God's Blessing BB/MI,
PMB2, WCH, W&S, WP
Sing a Joyful Song (Farrell) BB, GP, S&S
Tell Out, My Soul BB, CBW III, CCH, WP
The Harvest of Justice (Haas) BB, CCH,
G2, GC
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
BB/MI, CCH, CVH, GC, JS2, RS, WP