Saint Paul gives a unique admonition this day (Ephesians 4:17) as he calls us not to live “as pagans do, their minds empty.” Such a challenge carries with it an assumption that the human person may do many things to curb the hungers (body, mind or spirit) that are present in our lives. One must recognize such hungers first. His first point is that our minds are to be filled with the teaching and knowledge of Christ that we may be “new persons” created in God’s image. With bellies satisfied with loaves and fish (John 6: 24-35), and with leftovers enough to fill 12 baskets, Jesus begins the second part of the miracle, the expansion of the mind and heart, that those who have been fed with heavenly food, might also be filled with heavenly knowledge of Him who is the Bread of Life. The Eucharist fills our bodies, our minds and our hearts:
Lord, give to our hearts the light of faith and the fire of love, that we may worship in spirit and in truth our God and Lord, present in this Sacrament.
Congratulations to Bob Menner who was received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church and received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion at the 8:00am Mass today! May he, his wife Deborah, and their entire family be filled with every gift of the Holy Spirit!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!