August 9th – 10th – 11th
Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
June 23, 2019
Some people were born cooks. Not only do their pots never boil over or roasts dry out, they seem destined to make wonderful concoctions out of whatever ingredients are at hand. Give them eggs, milk and cheese, and suddenly there are soufflés. Those of us blessed with such food geniuses in our lives live in joyous expectation of holidays when tables are laden with so many wonderful creations. We hope that there will be ample to “go around”, and please let there be leftovers!
In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches us that at our Heavenly Father’s table there’s always enough to “go around”. Faced with a hungry crowd of 5000 people, and only five simple loaves and two fishes, Jesus created a feast. Everyone was fed, with enough left to fill twelve baskets. From humble ingredients, Jesus worked a miracle, stirring up his followers hearts and souls as well as their stomachs. Today, He still promises to meet our needs in the same way. If we will offer our small portion of fish and loaves, we will be amazed by who can be fed, and what joy we’ll receive being fed on His leftovers!
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The Perfect Dinner Party
Every magazine today touts a simple formula for throwing the perfect dinner party. All this seeming perfection inspires some and intimidates others. The impromptu dinner party that Jesus threw for five thousand shows Jesus as the perfect host, and the apostles as good guests who cared for others. Luke describes this miracle in Eucharistic terms, a preview of the meal handed down to them from Jesus. Our Eucharist today is a perfect dinner party as well, where the host puts Himself out completely, even sacrificing His Body and Blood. Even the imperfections that we guests bring to His celebration cannot obscure the perfection of the meal itself. Instead the purity of our Host calls us to examine our hearts so that we can experience this perfect dinner party more perfectly.