Archives:  Year A-v.1 -Year B-v.2 - Year C-v.3

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 16, n. 36)

18th Sunday on Ordinary Time, YEAR A

August 2, 2020

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Multiplies the Five Loaves and Two Fish”

 

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A suitable Eucharistic hymn or any other appropriate song may be sung.

 

INTRODUCTION

(Cf. David Garland in Meditations on the Sunday Gospel, ed. John Rotelle, New York: New City Press, 1995, p. 111)           

Jesus is the source of spiritual nourishment. The feeding of five thousand with the excess collected in twelve baskets indicates the abundant supply for all Israel. The Eucharist, however, will offer bread for all humankind. The story also bears witness once again to Jesus’ compassion to the needy: they do not have to be sent away hungry. Jesus has compassion for the needs of others as God does: The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied. And I will set up my servant David, and he shall feed them; he shall feed them and be their shepherd.

 

 

SILENT ADORATION

OPENING PRAYER

(Cf. Post-communion Prayer, Corpus Christi)

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ,

you give us your body and blood in the Eucharist

as a sign that even now we share your life.

May we come to possess it completely in the kingdom

where you live forever and ever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word 

 

FIRST READING: Is 55:1-3

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: Rom 8:35, 37-39

GOSPEL READING: Mt 14:13-21

 

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

The Gospel episode (Mt 14:13-21) depicts Jesus’ “banquet” of the loaves and fish in a deserted place in Galilee near the sea. The miraculous banquet laid out by Jesus the Master-Shepherd points to the Eucharistic feast and the dawning of messianic salvation. In the superabundance of the multiplied loaves and the twelve baskets filled with leftovers is a sign of the copious spiritual nourishment and the unfailing Eucharistic food that Jesus offers to hungry crowds over the course of centuries. Our sense of faith is heartened by the remarkable quality of Jesus’ banquet of the loaves and fish, especially of what it prefigures – the Eucharist. Moreover, in the miraculous event of the multiplication of the “five loaves and two fish”, Jesus is forming his disciples’ faith in preparation for their role as pastors and givers of nourishment to the ecclesial community.

The Lord of the feast and Eucharistic banquet is Christ Jesus, who invites us to share at the table of the Word and Sacraments. As his beloved and privileged disciples, he summons us to bring his spiritual nourishment to the “hungry” crowd of today’s world. He is the gracious host who transforms our paltry, humble supply of “five loaves and two fish” into a table of plenty. In our vocation as Christian believers in the modern world, he assures us that with only “five loaves and two fish” and by his grace, we will be able to respond to the “hungers” of today’s anguished and restless modern society. If only we turn to Jesus Host in faith, our poverty will be transformed into spiritual riches for the benefit of the world’s poor and their salvation. Indeed, the miracle of “superabundance” begins with “little”. In his compassion, the power of God – through Christ and the Holy Spirit - is actively and marvelously at work in us, embracing our poverty and multiplying the meager resources we lovingly place at his disposal.

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

   

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word 

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

Do we see the miraculous possibility of the “five loaves and two fish” that are available to us in our ministry to the poor? Do we trust that Jesus will multiply our resources? Do we allow ourselves to be filled by the superabundant riches of God?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD 

O loving Father,

your Son Jesus, our Master-Shepherd,

multiplied the “five loaves of bread and two fish”.

He is both the host and the fare.

He is the bread of the Word and the bread and wine

of the Eucharistic sacrifice on the cross.

Jesus redeemed, sanctified and glorified us.

The paschal event assures us

that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ

and that no creature will be able to separate us

from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Strengthened by the bread of life,

help us to overcome all kinds of trials, difficulties and distress

through the love of God in Christ Jesus.

He is our Lord and he lives and reigns, forever and ever.

            Amen.

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word  

 

PERSONAL PRAYER 

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Rosary’s Glorious Mysteries may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION 

Leader: Trusting in the Lord’s providential care for his faithful disciples, let us turn to him in prayer and say:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Holy Father’s General Intention for this month of August: The Maritime World … We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families. We pray: (R.)

2. That we may be sensitive to the various hungers and human needs in today’s world and, as we seek to alleviate these hungers, we may trust in the continuing miracle of the multiplication of the “five loaves and two fish”. We pray: (R.)

3. That there be more priests, religious and laity who would minister to the hungry and sick poor and that we may appreciate and experience more deeply the gift of the Eucharistic bread that Christ offers for the life of the world. We pray: (R.)

4. That in trials and difficulties, we may trust that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ and no creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. We pray: (R.)

5. That the God of peace may evoke in us an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation and that his healing mercy may fall like a refreshing balm upon the tragic situations of today’s world. We pray: (R.)

(Other prayers may be added.)

  

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

ORATIO IMPETRATA TO SUBDUE THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC

Loving God,

you are the author of Life

and the Lord of creation.

We thank you for the wonders of our being

and the marvels of creation.

We trust in you

for your faithfulness

is our buckler and our shield.

With you the terror of the night

does not overwhelm us

nor the plague that prowls in the darkness.

We now turn to you

as the pandemic of the Corona Virus

casts it shadows of death upon us.

Deliver us from this calamity

and free us from this pestilence.

Spare us from the scourge of this disease.

Heal those who are afflicted

and welcome into your bosom the victims deceased.

Help us to work together in a concerted effort

to fight this torment.

Be near to us

and let the Spirit of life

breathe its healing comfort upon us.

Restored in your grace,

may we give you thanks and praise

in the assembly of the redeemed

as we proclaim the healing power of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

You live and reign, forever and ever.

Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn or another fitting song may be sung.   

 

 

*** *** ***

 

Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

   

 

PIAE DISCIPULAE DIVINI MAGISTRI

SISTER DISCIPLES OF THE DIVINE MASTER

60 Sunset Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314

Tel. (718) 494-8597 // (718) 761-2323

Website: WWW.PDDM.US