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August 2, 2009: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Spend a few minutes daily with Jesus, in prayer. Ask Jesus to help you be a good Christian.

Jesus said to the crowd that followed him and his disciples, “…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 be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:32-35)

Jesus is not denying our need for food in order to survive. He is telling the people who followed after him, and us, that HE is our spiritual food. He will feed our spirit. He refreshes our soul. Just as food nourishes our bodies, Jesus nourishes our spirits. This does not happen automatically. We must commune with him, pray to him, in order to be fed in spirit.

Action:

Spend a few minutes daily with Jesus, in prayer. Ask Jesus to help you be a good Christian.

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is a general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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