Follow-Up Sessions: August

Follow-Up Sessions: August - Bread from Heaven

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  1. What are the deepest desires of your heart?
  2. What does it mean to you to have hunger for God?
  3. How do you try to satisfy this hunger?

Illuminate: John 6: 24-35

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

Delve into the Word

Each one of us has a hunger deep inside of us. Many times we try to satisfy this hunger with the things of this world – power, influence, money, material things or even with relationships or with our good works.  However, these things never satisfy our hunger.  In this reading Jesus offers us the true food and the true drink of his body and blood.  When we approach the altar and eat this bread that endures for eternal life we will no longer be hungry.  We can put aside the things of this world with which we have tried to satisfy our hunger and, instead, look to the true satisfaction of the heavenly banquet that awaits us. With the strength and grace that we receive in the sacrament, we can be the Church going forth, inviting others to the banquet.


“Our encounter with Christ at the table of the Word and at the table of the Eucharist becomes real as we open ourselves to the encounter with Christ in those who are poor and most in need among us, and those who live in the peripheries of society.” (Guide of the V Encuentro, p. 38)

In silence, listen to the voice of Jesus within your heart.

  • To what is Jesus inviting you today?
  • What does it make you feel?  Joy? Sadness? Encouragement? Surprise? Challenged?

Live the Word

Do you try to satisfy yourself with the things of this world or do you look to Jesus to satisfy your hunger?
Who are the people around you who have hunger that is unsatisfied?
How can you bring them to Jesus through your lived testimony?

Celebrate

L / Jesus, you give us bread of life in the Eucharist,
R / may we always seek to satisfy our hunger with your body and your blood.
L / Jesus, bread from heaven, food that endures for eternal life,
R / after being satisfied, may we go out to encounter those who are in the peripheries.
L / Jesus, who sends us out to baptize all peoples,
R / help us to always remember that we are sent to bear witness through our lives.
Lord Jesus, you who accompanies us through the heavenly food you give us, increase our faith and give us a greater sense of urgency to go out and encounter the most needy. Amen.

Mission – “Getting Involved”

Remember the people you have met on the way to the Encuentro.  In what ways are they hungry?  Find a way to help them satisfy this hunger, either physically or with a word of encouragement or an invitation to the Eucharist.

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