Cusp-a point of transition, as from one historical period to the next;
the borders between the twelve astrological signs.
You are considered to be "on the cusp" if you were born
within a day or two of the beginning or end of any sign.

The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, 1863; Albert Bierstadt

31 July 2011

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day

View of the mosaic below the altar of the church at Heptapegon Tabgha that commemorates the multiplication of the five loaves and two fishes in the story of the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:33–44).
Two fish flank a basket containing four loaves—another (real) loaf is often placed on the altar above this to bring the total to five loaves (Mark 6:38) and two fish.         

Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ”
and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples,
who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up the fragments left over—
twelve wicker baskets full.

                                                                            Matthew 14:16-20

God our Father,
gifts without measure flow from your goodness
to bring us your peace.
Our life is your gift.
Guide our life's journey,
for only your love makes us whole.
Keep us strong in your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

                                          from Christian Prayer

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