Season of Living Bread

In the Season of Living Bread we find the truth of the Living Word—the sacrifice shared; the nourishment for the journey into the kingdom, and the fullness of the Presence of God.  In John 6: 51 Jesus says, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  Jesus gave himself for our life, and for our ongoing nourishment in the form of the Eucharist.  It is through the Eucharist that we too, can receive the same living bread made present at the Last Supper

Outline for the Season of Living Bread

The weeks are grouped with John’s gospel of the truth of the Living Word; 5 weeks given to this topic shows the importance.

The sacrifice shared,

Ephesians 4:30-5:2 Christ “a sacrificial offering”

John’s discussion of the Eucharist is in Chapter 6 instead of at the Last Supper

The sacrifice at the altar was eaten to receive the fullness of benefit

Whoever eats…real flesh…real food

Nourishment for the journey into the kingdom

Bread from heaven, i.e. Manna

Real food that gives kingdom life

Brings the fullness of the Presence of God.

18th Sunday John 6:24-35 people came not for signs but for food;  “I am the bread of life”

19th Sunday John 6:41-51 Jesus said ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven’ “whoever believes has eternal life” “whoever eats this bread will live forever” #1 “my flesh”

20th Sunday John 6: 51-58 repeats v.51  “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world”  “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you do not have life within you” those who do have “eternal life” 

21st Sunday John 6:60-69 “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”  “The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life”  “Do you also want to leave?” “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

 “Eat My Flesh and drink My Blood” –verse 56. 

“Unless you eat My flesh and drink My blood you have no life in you.” –verse 53

“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.”–verse 54.  

Jesus says, “My flesh is true food; My blood is true drink” –verse 55.

We too, can receive the same bread made present.

The preparation through the Old Testament for this gift.

The miracles ground work.

18th Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Israelites grumbled, God gave bread from heaven and quail

19th 1 Kings 19:4-8  Elijah prayed for death; an angel “ordered him to get up and eat” twice. Strengthened he walked 40 days and nights to Horeb

20th Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom “has spread her table” “let whoever is simple turn in here” Lack understanding? Then “come eat of my food” “forsake foolishness  that you may live”

21st Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord” He “protected us along our entire journey”

17th Sunday John 6:1-15 Miracle of loaves & fish: 5000 men; 12 baskets leftovers

Necessary because of lives changed by sin

Flesh, transformed by the Spirit

Paul’s writings of encouragement, showing a facet of Christ among us—now and forever

18th Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 “put away the old self”, “be renewed in the spirit of your minds” “new self, created in God’s way of righteousness and holiness of truth”

19th Ephesians 4:30-5:2 “All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting and reviling must be removed from you” “Be imitators of God” “live in love”

20th Ephesians 5:15-20 “do not continue in ignorance”  “be filled with the Spirit”

Bread of life and the daily taking of this nourishment since the gift of the Lord (crucifixion) by the Church—of which Jesus is the head; the provider of all sustenance

21st Ephesians 5:21-32 “the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church”  “love your wives, even as Christ loved the church”

References and Resources for the Season of Living Bread Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.   

 18th Sunday. John 6: 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.  John 6:“51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers. 2001, United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Washington, D.C.  (Read at   http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/resources-for-the-eucharist/the-real-presence-of-jesus-christ-in-the-sacrament-of-the-eucharist-basic-questions-and-answers.cfm) “…in the Eucharist, Jesus does not sacrifice himself again and again. Rather, by the power of the Holy Spirit his one eternal sacrifice is made present once again, re-presented, so that we may share in it.”

19th Sunday Ephesians 4:2 “and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.”

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers. 2001, United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Washington, D.C. “2.Why is the Eucharist not only a meal but also a sacrifice?

    “While our sins would have made it impossible for us to share in the life of God, Jesus Christ was sent to remove this obstacle. His death was a sacrifice for our sins. Christ is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). Through his death and resurrection, he conquered sin and death and reconciled us to God. The Eucharist is the memorial of this sacrifice. The Church gathers to remember and to re-present the sacrifice of Christ in which we share through the action of the priest and the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the celebration of the Eucharist, we are joined to Christ’s sacrifice and receive its inexhaustible benefits.

“As the Letter to the Hebrews explains, Jesus is the one eternal high priest who always lives to make intercession for the people before the Father. In this way, he surpasses the many high priests who over centuries used to offer sacrifices for sin in the Jerusalem temple. The eternal high priest Jesus offers the perfect sacrifice which is his very self, not something else. “He entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption”  (Heb 9:12).

18th Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Israelites grumbled, God gave bread from heaven and quail19th 1 Kings 19:4-8  Elijah prayed for death; an angel “ordered him to get up and eat” twice. Strengthened he walked 40 days and nights to Horeb

20th Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom “has spread her table” ” Lack understanding? Then “come eat of my food” “forsake foolishness  that you may live”

17th Sunday John 6:1-15 Miracle of loaves & fish: 5000 men; 12 baskets leftovers

John 11:” 4 When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Ephesians 4: 23b “and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.

CCC paragraph 400 “The harmony in which they had found themselves, thanks to original justice, is now destroyed: the control of the soul’s spiritual faculties over the body is shattered; the union of man and woman becomes subject to tensions, their relations henceforth marked by lust and domination. Harmony with creation is broken: visible creation has become alien and hostile to man.  Because of man, creation is now subject “to its bondage to decay.”  Finally, the consequence explicitly foretold for this disobedience will come true: man will “return to the ground,” for out of it he was taken.  Death makes its entrance into human history.”

CCC paragraph 399. Through the first disobedience by Adam and Eve, we lost the “grace of original holiness”

John 4:7-15 Woman at the Well

John 3:1-8 Nicodemus and “born again”

John 6:53 “, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”

21st Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord” He “protected us along our entire journey” 

Show bread:  1 Chronicles 23: 26-29, 1 Samuel 21: 5-7, Leviticus 24: 1-9

21st Sunday Ephesians 5:21-32 “the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church”  “love your wives, even as Christ loved the church” “He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it even as Christ does the church”

Liturgical Scripture Readings for the Season of Living BreadNew American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.See link for full reading[please note that the celebrations of the Assumption and the Transfiguration are not included in this program.  You may refer to year A or Year C for program references to these feasts.]

18th Sunday in OrdinaryExodus 16:2-4,12-15 Israelites grumbled, God gave bread from heaven and quail

Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 “put away the old self”, “be renewed in the spirit of your minds” “new self, created in God’s way of righteousness and holiness of truth”

John 6:24-35 people came not for signs but for food; “This is the work of God that you believe in the one he sent”, “I am the bread of life” whoever comes no hunger or thirst

19th Sunday in Ordinary1 Kings 19:4-8  Elijah prayed for death; an angel “ordered him to get up and eat” twice. Strengthened he walked 40 days and nights to Horeb

Ephesians 4:30-5:2 “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit” “All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting and reviling must be removed from you” “Be imitators of God” “live in love” Christ “a sacrificial offering”

John 6:41-51 “Jews murmured about Jesus because he said ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven’” “only “he has seen the Father” “whoever believes has eternal life” “whoever eats this bread will live forever” #1 “my flesh”

Assumption Vigil1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 David moved the Ark; on their shoulders on poles

1 Corinthians 15:54b-57 “When that which is mortal clothes itself with immortality” “Where, O death, is your sting?” “The sting of death is sin”

Luke 11: 27-28 “Blessed is the womb that carried you” “Rather, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it”

Assumption

Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab signs: “woman clothed with the sun…crown of twelve stars” dragon stood before the woman about to give birth” “Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky

1 Corinthians 15:20-27  “Christ the first fruits” In Adam all die; in Christ all live “last enemy to be destroyed is death”

Luke 1:39-56  Mary visited Elizabeth, Magnificat. Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit; the child leaped in her womb. “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

20th Sunday in OrdinaryProverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom “has spread her table” “let whoever is simple turn in here” Lack understanding? Then “come eat of my food” “forsake foolishness  that you may live”

Ephesians 5:15-20 “do not continue in ignorance”  “be filled with the Spirit”  “giving thanks always and for everything in the name” of Jesus to the Father

John 6: 51-58 repeats v.51  “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world”  “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you do not have life within you” those who do have “eternal life”  3 times eat my flesh

21st Sunday in OrdinaryJoshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b “decide today who you will serve” “As for me and my household, we will serve the lord” “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord” He “protected us along our entire journey”

Ephesians 5:21-32 “the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church”  “love your wives, even as Christ loved the church” Christ cleansed  the church “by the bath of water with the word” “He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it even as Christ does the church”

John 6:60-69 “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”  “It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life”  ”Do you also want to leave?” “to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”