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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
19 Sunday in Ordinary Time
We know what Elijah is talking about when he says: 'Lord, I've had enough.' Broken and dispirited on his journey in the wilderness, he has reached the end of his tether. At this lowest ebb, an angel of God comes to his rescue and feeds him with miraculous food - a hearth cake and a jug of water. His flagging hope is restored by this bread from heaven and he continues his journey to the holy mountain of Horeb, where he receives a new vision of God in the form of a gentle breeze. This gives him renewed courage and faith to march on a face the challenge of another day.
Many a time in our bleak moments we feel like saying with Elijah, 'Lord, we've had enough.' Christian life is by no means plain sailing and we often find ourselves broken and crushed by circumstances that come our way. Left to our own resources we can find no light at the end of the tunnel. To keep going we need an assurance that we are not alone in our lives and that God is with us helping us to carry our crosses, rescuing us from every predicament that befalls us. The gospel points out that we have such a help in Jesus who is the Bread of Life. He brings each of us just what we need to sustain us on our pilgrim journey to God. Jesus is heavenly bread, medicine for the sick soul, nourishment for a wounded spirit, light and strength for a weary mind, the source of new and eternal life, whose presence and power strengthens us. He is the living Bread which has come down for heaven, the unique source of life.
We can look at our lives and ask ourselves are we hungering for Christ who is the Bread of life? Coming to the Christ requires far more than a weekly walk up to the altar to received Holy Communion. If Jesus makes himself available to us then we have to make ourselves present to him. To approach the altar complaining, or with a heart full of bitterness because of hurts inflicted on us, is not a true sharing in the eucharist. There is no way we can offer ourselves to God and not try and love our neighbor who has let us down in some way during the week. In our daily round we are asked to be forgiving, to overcome faults, to understand the failure of friends, and not to close our hearts when we are offended. In the eucharist we meet the bigness of God who has forgiven us and who asks us in our turn to give as freely as we have received. The eucharist is an opportunity for reconciliation, for wounds and old sores to be bound up and forgiveness to be shown. For God to love us we must try and be loving also.
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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Mary Donahue, Stephanie Maciejewski, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach, Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Bruce Roberts, Lawrence Fox, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Mary Saleh, Sharon Nolan, Yanna Lantz, Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Dan North, Lindsay Griffen, Louise Regan, Jean Bernier, Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Father Robert Fredrickson, Helen Peck, Harrison McKinstry, Kristin Bilionis, James Strazzulla, George Cole, Susan Runowicz- Smith, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, Steve Kulis, Justin Mothersele, Terry Massey, Eddie Soboleski, Helen Rogers, Andrew Winter, Kathy Ferrelli. Phillis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; and Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Peg Kostiuk, Tillie Kleszcz, Mark Kourey, Chris Kourey.
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