The Bread of Life Discourse

August 1, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

EX 16:2-4, 12-15 PS 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 EPH 4:17, 20-24

Explore the Sunday Gospel


JN 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."


meet our extended family

Bl. Alphonsus Pacheco and Anthony Francisco, SJ (Feast Day July 25)

1549 – July 25, 1583; 1550 – July 25, 1583 

Alphonsus Pacheco was born in Spain. At the age of eighteen, he entered the Jesuit novitiate. He was eventually recruited for the Far East missions. Alphonsus arrived in Goa, India in September 1574 and was ordained a priest and worked at St Paul’s college. He returned to Europe and two years later he returned to Goa with thirteen new missionaries.


Anthony Francisco was a Portuguese missionary and was among the thirteen who arrived in Goa with Fr. Pacheco in 1581. Francisco was ordained in 1582. Fr. Francisco was appointed to the mission at Orlim on the Salsette peninsula; however, his active missionary career lasted only a few months. When a new mission superior arrived in Salsette, Fr. Pacheco served as his guide in the visitation of all the villages in Salsette. Fr. Francisco and others were among the group. In the village of Cuncolim, there was a revolt against Portuguese colonization and the Jesuits were killed in the incident. When Fr. Pacheco saw the hostile Hindu villagers massacring his three companions, he boldly faced the assailants and immediately a lance pierced his breast. Extending his arm in the form of a cross, he prayed,” Lord, you were pierced with a lance for me. I ask you to pardon those who have wounded me and to send them to other missionaries to lead them to heaven.” Fr. Pacheco died saying the name “Jesus.” The last to fall was Fr. Francisco. All five Jesuits were between thirty and thirty-five years of age. Their bodies were recovered from a well and taken back to the mission in Goa. They were beatified by Pope Leo XIII on April 2, 1893. 



Take time to chat

⦁ Throughout the Gospel of John, people have difficulty believing that Jesus is the Son of God sent by the Father. Why do some people have difficulty believing in         Jesus?

⦁ What does Jesus mean when he says, “I am the bread of life”?

⦁ What does Jesus mean when he says that those who come to him will never hunger and never thirst? In what way is this phrase related to the story of the         multiplication of the loaves from last week’s Gospel?

⦁ If you could go anywhere in the world to proclaim the Gospel, where would you go?


Recipe of the week

Soda Bread

Make this soda bread to remind you of Jesus, the Bread of Life!


2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 F. Oil a covered casserole dish or a Dutch oven. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and Cream of Tartar. Add buttermilk. Mix until blended; dough will be a bit sticky. Knead 4 or 5 times (not too much of the bread will be tough) and shape into a ball. Cut cross in top and place in prepared pan. Bake covered 30 minutes.


Family Fun

Chalk Art

The people in today’s Gospel ask Jesus for a sign that he is God. Take some time today to decorate the sidewalk or driveway with messages of faith and encouragement to help your neighbors believe in Jesus. You may also want to give them an activity to do as they walk by your house such as a hopscotch game, a maze, or another activity.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Jesus, the Bread of Life

Father in heaven,

you have made us for yourself;

our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the Bread of Life,

so that we may witness to him

who alone satisfies the hungers of the human family.

By the power of your Spirit

lead us to the heavenly table

where we may feast on the vision of your glory

for ever and ever.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

During the Preparation of the Gifts, the gifts of bread and wine, are brought to the altar in procession. The priest then prepares the bread and wine before the Eucharistic Prayer. Watch to see what he does to prepare the gifts.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Invite someone over to your home for dinner with whom you have lost touch or someone who has recently experienced loss.

¡Datos Interesantes!

Fun Facts!

Text Link

There are almost 200 different types of bread.  Some of the most popular types of bread in the United States are Texas Toast, banana bread, sourdough, bagels, and cornbread.