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BISHOP DECIDES TO STOP BUYING MEAT

“Auxilliary Bishop John Arnold of Westminster has said that he will no longer buy meat. Bishop Arnold, who is chairman of Cafod, the aid agency of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: ‘I have just come to the conclusion that the production of meat is expensive in terms of the consumption of crops by the animals that we then eat. My travels as a trustee of Cafod have shown me how people see meat as a real luxury and I think that is a good way of viewing it.’

He said he should probably extend his thinking to fish, although he has not done so yet. He explained that he is not a vegetarian, because he will eat meat if someone has gone to the trouble preparing it for him. Growing crops for farm animals in America uses up nearly half of the country’s water supply and 80 per cent of its agricultural land, according to government figures.”
– This article by Mary Katherine Haley was published in “The Catholic Herald”, issue June 21 2013. For subscriptions, please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link)

 

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CORPUS CHRISTI, GOSPEL READING (LUKE 9:11-17)

But the crowd heard of this and caught up with him. So he welcomed them, and began speaking about the kingdom of God, curing those who needed healing.

The day was drawing to a close, and the Twelve drew near to tell him, “Send the crowd away, and let them go into the villages and farms around, to find lodging and food, for we are here in a lonely place.” But Jesus replied, “You yourselves give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves and two fish. Do you want us to go and buy enough food for all this crowd?” for there were about five thousand men.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Make people sit down in groups of fifty.” So they made all of them sit down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, and raising his eyes to heaven, pronounced a blessing over them; he broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the crowd. They ate and everyone had enough; and when they gathered up what was left, twelve baskets were filled with broken pieces.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 6:1-15)

TO ALL WHO WERE SITTING THERE HE GAVE OUT AS MUCH AS THEY WANTED.

Some time after this, Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.

Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, “Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?” He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?” Jesus said to them, “Make the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there and as many as five thousand men sat down.

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; then he did the same with the fish, giving out as much as they wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, “Pick up the pieces left over so that nothing gets wasted.” So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, “This really is the prophet who is come into the world.” Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 21:1-14)

JESUS STEPPED FORWARD, TOOK THE BREAD AND GAVE IT TO THEM, AND THE SAME WITH THE FISH.

Later on, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” They replied, “We’ll come with you.” They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.

It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, “Have you caught anything friends?” And when they answered, “No”, he said, “Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.” So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” At these words, “It is the Lord”, Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.

As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, “Who are you?”; they knew quite well it was the Lord. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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WE NEED TO OFFER CHRIST ALL OF OURSELVES, WITHOUT RESERVE, FOR HIM TO CHANGE US

WHEN OUR LORD WORKED MIRACLES HE ASKED FOR SOME TRIFLE WHICH ONE WOULD SUPPOSE USELESS – AS, FOR EXAMLE THE LOAVES AND FISHES FOR THE FEEDING OF FIVE THOUSAND…

“I would advise you to make up your mind, to surrender your will to God, and to tell HIM you will; then, having made your offering, spend some days in prayer to obtain the courage and grace to go on. You have prayed and have not yet, as you think, had the complete answer: This is usually because you have not given our Lord something he asks for in order to answer you.

For example, when he worked miracles he asked for some trifle which one would suppose useless – as, for example, the loaves and fishes for the feeding of the five thousand; and again, for the Mass, he asks the offering of the simple substance of bread and wine for the miracle of the Consecration. You say, “he hasn’t worked the miracle”, “he hasn’t given me the courage I need”. Well, the answer usually is: “you have not given him anything to work the miracle with”.

Of course, he CAN do some miracles without, but usually he asks us to give something, and, if the miracle you ask is personal transubstantiation – that YOU may be changed into him – then clearly, unless you offer YOURSELF – all of yourself – he can’t do it, for what has he got to change?

God is NEVER outdone in generosity. If your self-offering is sincere, and is made, no matter how you tremble in making it, he will then give you the grace you need.

It is well, after making your self-offering, to pray very much to our Lady, and you know she has been through all this, and she is a great example of how to act with those you love.”
– Caryll Houselander, 20th century

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 7:7-12)

THE ONE WHO ASKS ALWAYS RECEIVES

Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him.

Is there a man among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

“So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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