Fr. Luis R. Largaespada
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A Sunday Reflection
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)
“DO NOT WORK FOR FOOD THAT PERISHES” (JN 6:27).
With this passage proper the discourse on the Bread of Life begins. And it begins in a most interesting way. The people come looking for Jesus, but He tells them that it’s not because of the signs He works. Rather, it’s because they “were filled” (Jn 6:26). Indeed, it’s not hard to see the connection between this crowd’s desire for food and the grumbling Israelites in the desert, who prefer slavery as long as their bellies are full (Ex 16:3).
There is a little of the crowd in all of us. We tend to worry far too much about satisfying our material needs. We work for “food that perishes.” And while there is nothing wrong—and in fact, it is a duty—in wanting to provide for our families, at times we give material things pride of place.
Let us entrust ourselves to God’s providence as we work to provide for our sustenance, for the Father feeds the birds of the air and clothes the lilies of the field (cf Mt 6:26-29). He will give us the true bread from Heaven (Jn 6:32) as well as provide for all our needs. God bless you!
Around the Parish
Happy Birthday, Fr. Luis!
The staff celebrated Fr. Luis’s birthday with a small lunch.
NICOLA PERIN (1998-2015) — Born February 2, 1998, this young Italian has been compared to the likes of Chiara Luce Badano and Carlo Acutis, and was included in an exposition called “The Saints Next Door”. Nicola was charismatic and energetic. He loved rugby, which he began playing when he was 6, as well as fishing and other sports activities. He also excelled in the classroom, both as a student and as a friend, gaining the affection and respect of his teachers and peers.
When he entered high school, he started to suffer from fatigue and other symptoms, and at the age of 15, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Nicola, who had a special devotion to Padre Pio and to the Virgin Mary, was patient and humble throughout all the tests and therapies involved in his treatment, including two bone marrow transplants. His mother recalls that he was always smiling, and suffered with “great serenity and peace,” never complaining, and often encouraging and playing with younger patients.
Eventually, he became too weak to carry on any activities. Two days before his death, he asked his father to help him make the sign of the cross: the last gesture he would ever make. He died on December 24, 2015, at the age of 17. Many people now visit his grave to pray for his intercession.