August 19th ✙ 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for August 19th, 2018

Mass Theme: The Banquet of the Eucharist

        WE HUNGER FOR MANY THINGS. However, only God can satisfy our deepest hungers. We are gathered in God's house to celebrate the Eucharist, the banquet God has provided for us, His pilgrim people.
        Let us prepare ourselves to receive the nourishment God wants to give us in this banquet.
        Lord, you nourish us with the bread of your word. Lord, have mercy.
        You nourish us with the bread of the Eucharist. Christ, have mercy.
        You bind us together as members of your family, pilgrims to your kingdom. Lord, have mercy.

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Agape Catholic Bible study: 20TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

To understand this week's scripture readings, please refer to our Bible Study page which has several links to more bible resources and notes.

Messianic Genealogy of Jesus Christ - Click here!

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Monday:Ruth Bonneville; Tuesday: Intentions of Deacon & Tammy Pecis; Wednesday: Fire Fighters & First Responders; Friday:Fred Rossetto

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Church Ministers for the Next 2 Weeks

SATURDAY, August 18th - 5:00pm
Lector: Chuck Schlumpberger
Eucharist: Mark Clure
Cup: Bill Navarre & Kris Acord
Servers: Daniel Forslund & Alexa Thompson
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Rich & Anna Mamayek
Ushers: Frank Correa & Frank Melo

SUNDAY, August 19th - 9:00am
Lector: Jim Smith
Eucharist: Larry Weldon
Cup: Maria Garcia & Deacon Pecis
Servers: Jacob & Paul Chapman
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Marie Kennedy and friend
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin & Dante Capovilla

SATURDAY, August 25th - 5:00pm
Lector: Oralee Floria
Eucharist: Kathleen Armstrong
Cup: Chuck Rosencrantz & Paul Schwartz
Servers: Alexa & Estefania Luquin
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Frank & Connie Melo
Ushers: Mark Clure & Bill Acord

SUNDAY, August 26th - 9:00am
Lector: Paul Chapman
Eucharist: Rosana Slezevicuipe
Cup: Deacon Pecis & Kris Acord
Servers: Linnea & Elise Dolf
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Ron & Leslea LaGro
Ushers: Alvin Garcia & Robert Cottini

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Reflections: The Presence of Christ

Christ be near at either hand,
Christ behind, before me stand.
Christ with me where e'er I go,
Christ around, above, below.
Christ be in my heart and mind,
Christ within my soul enshrined.
Christ control my wayward heart,
Christ abide and ne'er depart.
Christ my life and only way,
Christ my lantern night and day.
Christ be my unchanging friend,
Guide and Shepherd to the end.

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Making Most of the Opportunity

        Why did God put us on Earth? Most of us live here for less than a century. Some leave a mark of their passing, but most do not. If we think only of our Earthly existence, it may seem futile. But if we see this life as our childhood, it becomes a prep school for something better to come. We graduate when we learn to love unselfishly. God gives us time to mature.

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Gospel Reading: His Flesh to Eat

      Jesus has been teaching about what He calls "The Bread of Life ". The church teaches that He is referring to Holy Communion – the bread and wine that become His body and blood. The audience does not have this insight and imagines the unthinkable: Jesus is calling for people to consume His flesh. This sparks a wave of argument and disgust. How would we react without knowing the church's teaching? Would we have revulsion at the thought? But then, how do we view Communion? Do we really stop and think what is happening, or has Communion become a mechanical action for us?

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What are the Seven Pillars?

       Proverbs 9:1 states:
     “Wisdom has built her house; / she has set up its seven pillars.”

      This is obviously a symbolic description, since wisdom is personified. What are these “seven pillars” that wisdom has erected? Many explanations exist regarding the seven pillars of wisdom in this passage.
       One idea is that, since the number seven often expresses completeness in Scripture, the passage communicates that the application of wisdom results in a complete, orderly, well-furnished house, one that lacks nothing.
       Some see the seven pillars as describing a traditional banquet pavilion. Understood this way, Wisdom’s call in Proverbs 9:5 is perfectly fitting: “Come, eat my food / and drink the wine I have mixed.” Some ancient writings described the world as resting on seven pillars. If this was the author’s meaning, it is possible that “her house” in Proverbs 9:1 is parallel in some way with the world. However, this is an unlikely understanding of this particular proverb.
       In considering these interpretive options, it is most likely that “her house” and “seven pillars” both refer to a home that is in proper order, with the use of “seven” emphasizing its completeness and all-sufficiency.

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