Vol: 45, No.43 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) August 05 2018  
O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay.
(Ps 69:2, 6)
The people of Israel let loose a bitter complaint against Moses for not providing them food. They were so bitter that they preferred to die in Egypt at the hand of the Lord than perish in the wilderness hungry. The issue was solved when God gave them food from heaven. Hunger and thirst remains an issue that disturbs humanity all the times. Jesus also fed the hungry of his time but went a step further to remove their spiritual hunger: he offered his own body as the spiritual food for his followers. The lengthy bread of life discourse begins after feeding the people who came to him. People who ate the bread sought him for more of such bread but Jesus challenged them to seek imperishable food. Do we put our trust in God? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God ...
Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
The murmurings of the people for food in the wilderness results in the spectacular provision of manna which is bread from heaven. Manna falls every morning along with the dew).
A reading from the Book of Exodus (16:2-4, 12-15)
The whole congregation of the people of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion everyday, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law or not. "I have heard the murmurings of the people of Israel; say to them, "At twilight you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God"."
In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning dew lay round about the camp. And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as hoarfrost on the ground. When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was."
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