The Bread of Life that came down from heaven is…Jesus! But you knew that, right? Or do we? To know something is to be someone who lives in concert with that knowledge. If we know, we are, and we do. To simply receive the Eucharist because we are told to, or that it’s something we have always been taught, means we are missing the undeniable reality – or perhaps denying it! This week, we discuss in the Mass readings that reality with our families, dig into it, and watch as Jesus makes the Jews squirm – and perhaps realize we should be squirming too, in our ignorance.
The activity is fun, fruitful, and easy-peasy to do. So easy you can do it on the way to work or school, on the way home, or at lunch! Or all three! And everyone in the family can do it whenever – and wherever – your travels take you Trust us…
The Bread That Came Down From Heaven
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Catechesis At Home – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B
The Bread That Came Down From Heaven
DISCUSSION – Discovering The Bread That Came Down From Heaven
The Bread of Life Discourse continues as Jesus chastises the Jews for chattering amongst themselves in a bout of what might be called calumny. They are talking about Him, even in His presence, disbelieving and doubting and asking each other for answers instead of asking Jesus.
The physical reality of Jesus present in the Eucharist is well-established here and in the ten verses following. As Jesus established Himself as the Bread That Came Down From Heaven, it is reminiscent of Elijah’s experience we hear about in the first reading. It is a reality experienced but not understood; believable through Faith and Reason, but difficult to explain. That’s why it is a Mystery of Faith.
But the true presence of Jesus as the Eucharist in Mass is undeniable – the evidence is overwhelming. When we spend enough time in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, in Adoration, or before the tabernacle holding the physical presence of the Creator of the Universe, there is always change in us. We change physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Jesus prepares the way before us, and prepares us for eternal life with Him. Part of that preparation is allowing Him inside us to change us, purify us for that perfect place: Heaven.
ACTIVITY – Being With The Bread That Came Down From Heaven
This week, go to Adoration in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament. Parents should do this first, for at least fifteen minutes. This should be easily accomplished before or after work and, if not – go during lunch. Nothing is more important than being with The Lord! Next, take the children. Depending on their age, they may be antsy, but stay for at least fifteen minutes, and see if you can make it for half an hour.
Adoration is a matter of quiet time, so children need to understand that they need to be quiet for you as well as themselves and others who may be there. Explain to your children that – and point to Him! – is God, and they need to be quiet so they can hear Him speak to them. While you are being still and quiet, try not to think of the things you need to do. Just be. Gaze upon the Blessed Sacrament – He is Our Lord! Empty yourself of your cares, closing your eyes if necessary. The noise of life often drowns out God’s whispers, and the Adoration chapel is a great place to hear Him! It’s a time to ask Jesus, not others, about Him. He created you and loves you, and has a plan for you. Listen as He whispers about that Plan! If you need more guidance for Adoration, you can find prayers and even a printable booklet here.
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY – Keeping The Bread That Came Down From Heaven In Our Lives
Explaining to children afterwards that the thing that looks like a cookie is God is usually readily accepted by young children. Older children need some deeper explanation, which you can find at HolyOwnedAndOperated.com by searching “Eucharist”. Make it a practice to take yourself to Adoration once a week. You do not need to sign up – just go! Five minutes or five hours – it is enough! Stop in and say “Hello!” to God. Find Adoration in your neighborhood by going to MassTimes.org – so no excuses!
LEARN MORE – Other Bread That Came Down From Heaven-related items of interest from Holy Owned and Operated:
Podcast: Eucharist – Episode 54
The Wonders That God Has Wrought
Are We Sure We Know Jesus?
Jesus Feeds Us From Our Offerings
Lord’s Day Celebration
Jesus Saves: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Video: Fruits of the Spirit: Love
Podcast: Love – Episode 30
A Thousand Generations
How is The Bread That Came Down From Heaven in your life?
by Beth & Kristofer Cowles
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More fun and laughs!
The Mass dismissal is perhaps the most important part of the Mass after the source and summit, the Eucharist.
It calls us to action, drives us to purpose, and requires of us dedication.
Are we up to that task?
Beth and Kristofer reveal their favorite dismissal – and, more entertaining, their least favorite. As they muddle along as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, they invite you to contemplate the dismissal as more than just an invitation to go to the donut shop!
They also give a tutorial on movie end credits, and an homage to Ferris Buehler…