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Weekly Gospel Reflection
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

August 2, 2015—Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  John 6:24-35

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

A grandmother wrote in Catholic Digest that her daughter’s family goes to Mass every Sunday. At Communion-time the parents and two oldest children receive the Eucharist while the three smaller children remain in the pew. One Sunday, just before Communion, the three-year-old whispered to her mother. "Mommy, can I go up to heaven with you this morning?"

That little girl had wonderful spiritual insight! Jesus is the Bread from heaven who allows us to share in the life of heaven. Last Sunday’s Gospel recounted how Jesus multiplied loaves and fish to feed a large crowd. This miracle so impressed the people that they follow Jesus to Capernaum, perhaps hoping for more free food. Jesus tells them in today’s Gospel to look not "for food that perishes but for food that endures for eternal life." Their Jewish ancestors had been fed in the desert with manna, which they called "bread from heaven." But the REAL Bread from heaven, Jesus says, was sent by the Father to give life to the world. What is meant by this "bread from heaven?"

Jesus gives the answer: "I am the bread of life." When we receive him in Holy Communion, we receive true heavenly Bread and are, in a very real sense, transported to heaven because we are united with Jesus who is in glory, surrounded by angels and saints. We can best appreciate this reality with the help of our Blessed Mother, through whom God sent Jesus from heaven into the world. She is now in heaven, Queen Mother of the King of Kings, enthroned at his right hand. So each time we go to Communion, let’s say to Mary, "Mother, can I go up to heaven with you this morning?"

Read last week's reflection.