August 1, 2021, 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Living in Christ: Laboring for Eternity”

Homily by Fr. Andy Ilustre

First Reading – Exodus 16 : 2 – 4, 12 – 15

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 10 : 1 – 6

Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 78 : 14 – 20; 23 – 25

Gospel Reading – John 6 : 24 – 35

This is a continuation of our gospel last week on how God fed His people (John 6:1-12). Our gospel reading for today teaches us to seek God for the right reason. In verse 34 – They found out that Jesus was in Capernaum and the disciples followed Jesus.

As His children let us focus on the things of God, seek God for the right reason, seek the Lord not only for what we can get from Him, but for who He is and what we can give to Him in our service, our worship, and in our life. There is more to life than physical needs, Jesus said that we need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and seek that which endures forever (1 Pet. 1:24-25)

Remember that the word of the Lord is our light and our hope. Seek the things which are above (Col 3:1-2) and focus on the things that are eternal (2 Cor 4:18).

In verses 30-34, Jesus corrects their false concepts concerning Moses’ superiority over Jesus. Remember that our job is not our source, it is only a channel. God is our Source. He is our Bread of Life. We are to lay up treasures in heaven (Matt 6:19-21).

Remember that if you give all your life to the earth, the earth will give you a tomb. But if you give your life to heaven, heaven will give you a throne and a crown.

Homily Recap by Sally Illustre

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