We are to work honestly, work with our hands, and work so that we can share with those in need.
Season after Pentecost | 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
1 Kings 19:4-8 (Psalm 34:1-8); Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 (Psalm 130)
Offering the elements to the unbaptized can be seen as a development and not a revolution, but it is a significant change. Is it a good one?
A few years ago I lost a friend to cancer, barely 12 months after the diagnosis. During her final months she wrapped up business at her job and then went about saying goodbye to those people closest to her. She planned "final" experiences with friends and family—including a magnificent, all-expenses paid vacation with a few closest friends— and prepared herself spiritually by seeking out the rites and rituals of the church that would prepare her to finish her earthly life: renewal of baptism, Holy Communion, anointing.
by Audrey WestAugust 6, 2012