The Bread of Life Discourse

August 8, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

1 KGS 19:4-8 PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 EPH 4:30—5:2

Explore the Sunday Gospel


JN 6: 41-51

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said,

"I am the bread that came down from heaven, "

and they said,

"Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?

Do we not know his father and mother?

Then how can he say,

'I have come down from heaven'?"

Jesus answered and said to them,

"Stop murmuring among yourselves.

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,

and I will raise him on the last day.

It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.

Not that anyone has seen the Father

except the one who is from God;

he has seen the Father.

Amen, amen, I say to you,

whoever believes has eternal life.

I am the bread of life.

Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;

this is the bread that comes down from heaven

so that one may eat it and not die.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven;

whoever eats this bread will live forever;

and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."


meet our extended family

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (Feast Day August 9) 

October 12, 1891 – August 9, 1942 

Edith Stein was born into a prominent Jewish family in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). At the age of 14, she stopped believing in God. She went to university and became fascinated with philosophy. She eventually earned a doctorate in philosophy in 1916 and became a university teacher. Her spiritual journey began after reading the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, which led to her baptism in 1922. After several years as an active laywoman, rising intellectual, and pioneer feminist, Edith Stein entered the Carmel of Cologne where – in imitation of St. Teresa of Avila -- she became a Carmelite nun, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and devoted herself to contemplative prayer and philosophical work. 


After living for four years in the Cologne Carmel, Sister Teresa Benedicta moved to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands, in 1938. The Nazis occupied that country in 1940. In retaliation for being denounced by the Dutch bishops, the Nazis arrested all Dutch Jews who had become Christians. Teresa Benedicta and her sister Rosa, also a Catholic, died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. 


St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a woman of integrity who followed the truth wherever it led her. Pope John Paul II beatified Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in 1987 and canonized her 12 years later. 


Take time to chat

⦁ In today’s Gospel reading, why were the Jews murmuring about Jesus?

⦁ What do you think people do in heaven?

⦁ How does today’s Gospel support our belief that the Eucharist is truly the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus?

⦁ St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was inspired by (and took the name of) St. Teresa of Avila. Which saint most inspires you?


Recipe of the week

Celebration Icecream Cake

Celebrate Jesus with this delicious cake!

For Cake:

1 store bought Angel food cake (you can also use a chiffon tube cake)

3 pints of ice cream (Choose 3 flavors that work well together. There are so many possibilities, but some ideas include: coffee, maple walnut, and chocolate chip; mint chip, chocolate, and vanilla; strawberry, vanilla, and lemon.

Large soup spoon for scooping ice cream from pint and knife or spatula for spreading

For chocolate whipped cream icing:

pint of heavy whipping cream

metal bowl and hand beater

2-3 Tbsp. of chocolate fudge topping (i.e. Hershey’s or Sanders ice cream topping)

Put metal bowl and beaters in freezer along with pint of whipping cream for 10-15 minutes before whipping the cream. Whip cream until soft yet somewhat firm peaks form before adding the chocolate fudge. If you add too soon, the cream will not whip to a stiff enough consistency. Put the whipped cream into the refrigerator until ready to ice the cake.

Slice angel food cake in half horizontally with a serrated bread knife. Slice each section in half again horizontally so that there are four even layers. Use a sturdy dinner sized paper plate and cut a piece of parchment or wax paper to size before laying down the first layer of cake. This makes it easy to transfer ice cream cake to a nice serving plate later. Take two of the pints of ice cream out of the freezer to let soften a few minutes before spreading on layers. Work quickly to scoop and spread first pint of ice cream on bottom layer of cake. Smooth ice cream and add second layer of cake. Spread second pint of ice cream. Put cake back into the freezer to harden.

Take remaining pint of ice cream out of the freezer to soften. Use a second plate for the third layer of cake, then spread the 3rd flavor of ice cream topped with final 4th cake layer. Put back in freezer to harden. When hardened, take bottom section out of freezer and ice with chocolate whipped cream, including inside of tube. Add second layer of hardened cake and frost this portion as well with the chocolate whipped cream. Return to freezer until hardened and ready to serve.

Depending on the season and air temperature, you may need to let the ice cream cake soften from 5- 15 minutes before slicing to serve. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate or fruit.


Family Fun

Bubble Fun

Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven. Today, make some bubbles and send them up to heaven. You can use bubbles from the store or make your own solution and wand.

4 cups warm water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup blue Dawn dish soap

Fly swatter

Plastic cup: Punch a hole in the bottom to blow through. Dip the large open end into the solution.

Plastic soft drink bottles: Cut the bottom off the bottle and dip. Use the lid end of the bottle to blow.

Pipe cleaners: Create just about any shape you like from a pipe cleaner, just make sure you keep a small section as a handle.  

Plastic funnel: This already has a natural shape for a bubble wand. Using the large end to dip and the small end to blow.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer Journaling

Sometimes it takes time to understand the meaning of the Gospel. Journaling is a great way to unpack the words and talk to God.

Create a simple prayer journal or get an empty notebook. Set aside 10-20 minutes for your family to reflect on the Gospel. Create a prayerful environment by lighting candles and/or playing instrumental music in the background. Read today’s Gospel and invite everyone to listen to what God is saying to them in the silence of their hearts. After a period of silence, invite everyone to write what they heard in their journal. (Younger children can draw or doodle). At the end of your reflection time, take turns sharing your experience. Close your time in prayer by saying the Our Father together.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

What gesture do we do before we receive the Eucharist?  a) bow, b) genuflect, c) make the sign of the Cross, or d) trace the sign of the cross on our heads, lips, and heart. Why is this gesture important?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Learn more about your ancestors this week and resolve to pray for these family members each day.

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Fun Facts!

Text Link

Bubbles were added into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2014!