Word for the Weekend: August 16

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The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time is ahead of us and it's time to look at this weekend's scriptures to begin to prepare ourselves to hear the Lord's Word. You'll find the scripture readings and background material on them here and if you're bringing young ones to Mass with you, over here you'll find hints on helping them to be ready to hear God's Word.

The first scripture from the Book of Proverbs offers the beautiful image of Wisdom building a house and preparing a feast, calling all to be nourished at her table. Continuing the series of gospel passages from John in Year B of the lectionary, we find Jesus preaching and offering himself as living, saving bread come down from heaven and inviting us to be nourished by his body and blood. Of course, the Church has always understood these words of Christ through the gift of the Eucharist.

I'll be back from vacation this weekend and preaching after a two week break from the ambo. As I prepare my homily I hope you'll be preparing to hear the Word by reading and praying over the scriptures.


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