19 August 2018
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Once upon a time, I did not believe Jesus was God. After all, I thought to myself, how could God possibly become a man? How could the Creator become a member of His own creation? Later, I discovered that Jesus in fact claimed to be God; and furthermore, the evidence of history (both B.C. and A.D.) supported this outrageous claim! It remains a great mystery which will forever boggle the mind: the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (cf. John 1); yet this great mystery, as incomprehensible as it may be, is an actual historical fact! Having discovered this fact I, by the grace of God, became a Christian.
Once upon a time, as a non-Catholic Christian, I was told that Catholics believe when they celebrate the Lord’s Supper the bread and wine cease to exist and the actual body and blood of Christ takes their place! I thought to myself, “This is ridiculous, how could Jesus be present – body, blood, soul and divinity – in the form of bread and wine?” Once again, my perfectly legitimate skepticism proved to be contrary to the evidence. I soon discovered this “ridiculous” claim was actually taught by Jesus Himself! Once again, history does not lie. In the first centuries of Christianity the successors of the Apostles unanimously and universally taught precisely the same thing Catholics believe today! Having discovered this fact I, by the grace of God, became a Catholic.
But my initial quarrel with Catholic teaching on this matter was nothing new. This week’s Gospel provides us with Jesus’ response to my “quarrel”:
“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.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:51–58, NAB)
So, we discover that the teaching of the Church at the Second Vatican Council is nothing new; it simply reiterates the historic teaching of Jesus:
[The Eucharistic Sacrifice is] “the source and summit of the Christian life” . . . “for the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our Passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men.”(Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1324; Presbyterorum Ordinis, #5).
I imagine this astonishing teaching will be the subject of quarrels until the end of time. I pray that we, as Catholics, will cling to Jesus’ words with all our hearts and minds because this great mystery, as incomprehensible as it may be, is an actual historical fact – whoever eats this bread will live forever!
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Terry Staples
Pray for the Sick & other Special Needs
AUGUST FOOD BANK
Paper Towels/Bathroom Tissues
Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks
(Aug 18 – Aug 24) (Aug 25 – Aug 31)
Sat 5:00pm +Clara Clark +Jean Ann Indovina
Sun: 8:00am Parishioners Parishioners
10:30am Maria & Jon Saporito-Michel +Charles & Irma Conroy
Mon: 8:30am +Paul Dolenc OPEN
Tue: 8:30am OPEN + Solamito Family
Wed: 12:15PM +Arnold Prokupek + Dennis Horton
Fri: 12:15pm +George M. Parker, Jr. +Rose L. Monti
Thanks Father Staples for helping us out at the Paul Stefan Regional Maternity Housing and Education Center…..
Total Amount Raised: $78,000
CCD BEGINS SEPTEMBER 9TH
Registration Forms are available in the gathering area.
Seniors are not too old to teach!
Next Sunday, August 26 AFTER the 8:00a.m. MASS
BANICA MISSION / DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The Parish of Bánica along with the neighboring Parish of Pedro Santana (San José) are in the care of Arlington priests and count over 10,000 people dispersed in over 60 communities.
Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces
Saturday Readers: Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)
Aug 18 Ushers: John and John Robert Clemente
5:00PM Altar Servers: Joseph, Grace, Matthew
Sunday Readers: Mary Ann Behnke, Louise Monticello (EM)
Aug 19 Ushers: Mark Hogan and Romie Powell
8:00am Altar Servers: Daniel, John, Jamie
Sunday Readers: Carolyn Comes, Karen Primeau (EM)
Aug 19 Ushers: Craig Lawson and David Bowman
10:30am Altar Servers: Jackson, Danni, Joseph
Counters: John and Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans
Saturday Readers: Daphnie Sowa, Hazel Arruda (EM)
Aug 25 Ushers: John Robert Clemente, Patricia Harbin
5:00PM Altar Servers: Grace, Eric and Matthew
Sunday Readers: Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)
Aug 26 Ushers: Aubrey Treakle and Romie Powell
8:00am Altar Servers: Abby, Daniel, John
Sunday Readers Joyce Cyrus, Jesse Evans (EM)
Aug 26 Ushers: Ron Lloyd and Craig Lawson
10:30am Altar Servers: Joseph, Christopher and Peter
Counters: Chris and Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury
Have you ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage?
Fr. Staples is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 7-18, 2019, and a $500 deposit reserves your spot. The height of the trip will be a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but you will also visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses was laid to rest; the ancient city of Petra; Nazareth, where you will celebrate Mass and visit Mary’s well; Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus; and Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where married couples will have the opportunity to renew their vows. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Staples at:
Do you like to sing? St. Isidore’s choir is looking for you. A beautiful perspective of the Mass can be seen from the choir section. Don’t miss your chance to experience Mass so close while you sing.
DONNA CORI GIBSON
Our awesome faith, a beautiful voice, brought together to draw you closer to God. Come and sing and “pray twice” with Donna on Sunday, September 9th @ 1:00p.m. @ St. Isidore’s.
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The Visit of the World Youth Day Cross
Come take part in this once-in-a-generation celebration of the visit of the World Youth Day Cross on Saturday, August 25, as it makes its first pilgrimage to the United States in twenty-five years. Youth, young adults, and families are all invited to take part in this historic event. Register today! For more information visit wydunite.com
Event Date: August 25, 2018
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere Psalm 84 (83)
THE PIETA HAS ARRIVED