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18th Sunday in Ordinary time

The clock in a restaurant window had stopped at a few minutes past noon. One day, one of the customers noticed this and asked the owner: "Do you know that the clock in your window has stopped?" The owner answered, "Yes. It hasn't been working for months, but you would be surprised to know how many people look at that clock, think they are hungry, and come in to get something to eat."

There's more to life than satisfying our physical hunger. That's what Jesus is trying to tell people in today's gospel. He said, "You are not looking for me because you have seen signs but because you have eaten your fill of the loaves."

The first reading gives some historical background telling us how God fed his people with the "manna", 1,300 years earlier in the desert, on their way from Egypt to the Promised Land, but the people of God didn't understand that sign and very soon they betrayed their friendship with God.

A sign always points to something else. An exit sign tells us how to leave a building or a parking lot. Smoke tells us there is fire somewhere. A no smoking sign tells us not to smoke.

Jesus wanted to tell people that the miracle of the loaves pointed to something more. He would give them the "new" manna from heaven, but they didn't see that. They didn't know it was a sign. They were content with having their stomachs filled. That's why he said: "You are not looking for me because you have seen signs but because you have eaten your fill of the loaves." They wanted only what they wanted, not what he wanted to give them.

In our relationship with God, we must ask ourselves, are we interested only in getting from God what or are we willing to work so that God can share what he prepares for us which means the salvation?

18 Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

El reloj en la ventana de un restaurante se había detenido un par de minutos después del mediodía y ya no funcionaba. Un día, uno de los clientes se dio cuenta y le dijo al dueño: "¿Sabes que el reloj de tu ventana se ha detenido?" El dueño contestó: "Sí. De hecho, hace meses que no trabaja. Pero, no te imaginas cuántas personas miran el reloj, piensan que tienen hambre, y entran para comer algo".

Por supuesto, que en la vida hay cosas más importantes que satisfacer nuestra hambre cotidiana. Eso es lo que Jesús trata de explicarle a la gente en el evangelio de hoy. Él les dijo: "Ustedes no me buscan porque han visto signos, sino porque han comido y se han llenado con los panes."

La primera lectura nos da algunos antecedentes históricos, al explicarnos cómo Dios alimentó a su pueblo con el "maná" en el desierto, 1.300 años antes en el camino de Egipto a la Tierra Prometida. Pero el pueblo de Dios no entendió ese signo y pronto traicionaron su amistad con Dios.

Un signo siempre apunta a otra realidad. Una señal de salida (exit) nos dice cómo salir de un edificio o de un estacionamiento. El humo nos dice que hay fuego en alguna parte. Una señal de no fumar nos dice que no debemos fumar en ese lugar.

Jesús quería decirle a la gente que el milagro de los panes había sido una señal, una guía para comprender algo más. Él les daría el "nuevo" maná del cielo que alimenta para siempre. Pero ellos no vieron eso. Ellos no comprendieron que era una señal. Se contentaron con tener sus estómagos llenos. Por eso, Jesús les dijo: "Ustedes no me buscan porque han visto signos, sino porque han comido y se han llenado con los panes." Buscaban sólo lo que ellos querían, no lo que Dios quería darles.

En nuestra relación con Dios, debemos preguntarnos, ¿estamos interesados solamente en obtener de Dios lo que queremos, o estamos dispuestos a trabajar para que Dios pueda compartir lo que él ha preparado para nosotros, es decir, la salvación?

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Father Robert Barron's UNTOLD BLESSING: Three Paths to Holiness

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Join us at Romano's Macaroni Grill for a flavorful fundraiser!

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Sat, Aug 15 - Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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R.C.I. A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

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Catholic Night at the San Diego Padres

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Annual Parish Picnic

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