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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2020
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A Sunday Reflection
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)
Today’s Gospel presents us the story of the feeding of the five thousand, a miracle so important that it’s the only one that appears in all four gospels, one that prefigures the Eucharist.
One phrase caught my attention: the disciples ask Jesus to “dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves” (Mt 14:15). This may have seemed the practical thing to do. After all, the evangelist tells us that there were “five thousand men, not counting women and children” (14:21). And yet, Jesus’ answer is different: “give them something to eat yourselves” (14:16).
His answer should make us think of the times we have been dismissive of others, when we have failed to make even a small attempt to meet their needs. Sometimes the need may seem greater than our ability to help. It is then that we should rely on the Lord to supply whatever we are lacking. The One who fed the five thousand with only five loaves and two fish will look kindly on the love we put in serving one another and give us what we need.
I take this opportunity to thank all who have contributed to keep the Grove Outreach going during this time of need. The Lord will generously repay those who have been generous to the least among us. God bless you.
Fr. Luis R. Largaespada
Around the Parish
St. Hugh student Lucas Martínez has been hearing about the need in the Grove Outreach. He created a flyer and emailed it to family and friends, asking them to donate food. Lucas and his family then drove to Midtown, Pinecrest, and all the way West to collect the cans. Then they dropped them off at St. Hugh. He filled one grocery cart, top and bottom. Thank you, Lucas! You are an example to us all.
Around the Parish
In many Catholic churches flowers are the most commonly used decorations in the sanctuary. While they might seem like an “afterthought,” the Church actually has distinct rules and regulations regarding flowers and makes use of them for specific spiritual symbolism.
“Floral decoration should always show moderation and be arranged around the altar rather than on the altar table”, according to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (305).
Flowers serve the purpose of reminding us of God’s creation and the beauty of his handiwork, and are meant to express joy. That is why their use is restricted during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent. During Advent they can be used with moderation, so that the full joy of Christmas will not be experienced ahead of time. During Lent, on the other hand, the use of flowers is forbidden except on Laetare Sunday (4th Sunday of Lent) and during solemnities and feasts that fall during the season.
Flowers also remind us of the spiritual life and the virtues we should acquire within our hearts. They are emblems of the innocence and holiness that derives from Christ, the Sun of Justice.
Philip Kosloski, Flowers have an important role at Mass
Adapted from Aleteia.com, January 23, 2020. With permission