The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dearest Parishioners,

Once again, the Old Testament Scripture tells of a “feeding with bread” at the miraculous hand of the Lord. Elijah, dissatisfied with the effects of his ministry and hungry for food, surrenders himself to death (1 Kings 19:4-8). This, however, was not in the Lord’s plan for Elijah! An intervening angel provided all that was necessary to satisfy earthly hunger and thirst, giving him the “energy” to continue on with the journey to where the Lord had summoned him. Such is also true of the grumbling Israelites who were provided quail and manna (Exodus 16:2-4,12-15) and doubting Elisha who feed the hundred men with 20 barley loaves and even had leftovers (2 Kings 4:42-44)! All learned that the Lord supplies us in our need… not necessarily in our want.

The Lord Jesus, who is our Bread of Life and Saving Cup, challenges the “earthly murmurings” and calls us to “look beyond” that which satisfies us in a temporary manner and to see eternal mysteries that are revealed by the One who the Father has sent, Jesus the Lord! There is a contemporary hymn composed by Darryl Ducote called “Look Beyond” whose refrain expresses this perfectly:

Look beyond the bread you eat; see your Savior and your Lord.  Look beyond the cup you drink; see His love poured out as blood.

We welcome Matthew Cremisio to our parish family as he assumes the position of Music Director. Matt comes to us from Saint Henry Parish in Averill Park, NY, where he received all of his Sacraments of Initiation, and where he served as Director of Music Ministries and organist. In these past weeks Matt has relocated here with his wife, Danielle, and their daughter, Mattia. His parents have also relocated here to spend their “retirement years” with us at Blessed Sacrament! I am so delighted to have Matt (and his family) here at our parish and wish him all the best in his new ministry here among us!

I would be remiss in not offering our deep gratitude to Bryan Hayes, our Director of Operations and Communications, who has also been administering the music programs here at Blessed Sacrament for the past 5 months. Bryan has been especially generous with his time, talents and gifts in seeing that all the bases were covered in not only his department, but also in the music program. Thank you Bryan!

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob

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