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Does Jesus Shock Your Family? | The Bread for Aug 23-29

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This week’s Bread features seven faith challenges in the PB&J Game, a “Bread of Life” coloring sheet and memory verse, the kickoff of a new series on family identity and mission from Heidi Indahl, a preview of the Sunday readings, and the feasts of saints Monica and Augustine, among others. Plus: Why is it so difficult for us to take Sunday rest seriously? Becky Arganbright has some ideas.

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In this Sunday’s readings, both the first reading and the Gospel ask us to make a decisive choice: Will we serve the God of life, or some other god? When Joshua presents the choice to the Israelites, they all answer that they will serve the God who rescued them from slavery. But many of those listening to Jesus’ claim that he is the Bread of Life balk at his words.

“Does this shock you?” Jesus asks them. It’s a good question; if we’re not chal- lenged and even “shocked” by the Gos- pel, we’re probably missing something. This week, ask your family: What shocks you about Jesus and his message?

First Reading

Far be it from us to forsake the LORD- for the service of other gods.

Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b


Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21

Second Reading

Husbands, love your wives,

even as Christ loved the church. . . .

Ephesians 5:21-32


Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. him.”

John 6:51-58



SUNDAY August 23

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time



St. Bartholomew

One of the twelve apostles of Jesus, often associated with Nathanial, one of those to whom the resurrected Jesus appeared on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius.


TUESDAY August 25

St. Louis of France (1226-1270)

The King of France who lived by his faith, reforming the justice system and eating with the poor every day.



St. Elizabeth Richler des Ages (1773-1838)

The young noblewoman who served and educated the poor during the suppres- sion of the Church in France.


THURSDAY August 27

St. Monica (1091-1153)

The mother whose prayers converted her husband, mother-in-law, and most famously, her son, St. Augustine.


FRIDAY August 28

St. Augustine (1835-1914)

The famous convert, bishop, and Doctor of the Church who said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, Lord.”


SATURDAY August 29

Memorial of the Passion of John the Baptist

The feast day marking the martyrdom of John the Baptist. (Mark 6:17-29)



2 weeks to Labor Day weekend (Sep 5-7)

4 weeks to the canonization of Junipero Serra (Sep 23)

9 weeks to the National Catholic Youth Conference (Nov 19-21)



Color in a star for every item your family tries this week. Add up the points and cel- ebrate your accomplishment next Sunday with a small treat or reward!

  • 50 points if you take this Sunday as a day of rest. (See the related article at pbgrace.com, below.)
  • Have a conversation about your family identity for 30 points; make a family masterpiece or timeline for an extra 70 points. (See “What Is Your family About,” below.)
  • Take a moment to pray with your kids when you hear an emergency responder. 20 points
  • Can you name your 20 closest neighbors? 5 points for every neigh- bor you can name. (Double points for introducing your family to a neighbor you don’t know.)
  • Have your kids complete the Bread of Life coloring sheet (page 2) for 20 points. Take double points if they memorize the verse.
  • Share the pope’s latest catechesis on the dignity of work with your kids for 40 points.
  • Mark the feast of Passion of St. John the Baptist by reading Mark 6:17-29 with your older kids. 20 points


I Love Sundays, My Day of Rest° It took a few weeks, but soon I was unwinding and relaxing, “St. Theresa style.” By Becky Arganbright.

What Is Your Family About?° Build- ing a family identity can help you make important decisions about how to live together. Here are two activities to get you started. By Heidi Indahl.

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Publisher, Gracewatch Media

Jerry Windley-Daoust is a writer, editor, and father of five. He writes essays and stories at Windhovering and is the show-runner for Gracewatch Media, a small Catholic publisher. You can follow his latest publishing projects at gracewatch.org.

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