THE BREAD OF LIFE
Today’s Gospel has the crowd asking Jesus three questions. First, “When did you get here,” to which Jesus responds by rebuking them for their failure to grasp his miracle as a “sign,” an occasion to put faith in him. Their second question about accomplishing the “works of God” has Jesus respond that faith is the “work” that God wishes. Many scholars believe this is John’s answer to the faith-works dichotomy emerging in the early Christian community. Faith is the work of God in the believer, John would have us understand. The third question asked by the crowd is a request for a “sign” that would allow them to put faith in Jesus, as the manna in the desert allowed the Israelites to put faith in the Lord God. Jesus answers by revealing himself as the “bread of life” that “comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
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PRAYING FOR / WITH THE DYING
ORANDO POR / CON LOS MORIBUNDOS
If there is no priest available, you can pray the following 3 steps, knowing God’s love is always available:
1. RECITE THE FOLLOWING SHORT PRAYER WITH THE DYING PERSON IF NECESSARY, IT MAY BE SOFTLY REPEATED TWO OR THREE TIMES:
Whether we live or die, we are the LORD’S
2. WHEN THE MOMENT OF DEATH SEEMS NEAR, PRAY THE FOLLOWING:
Go forth, Christian soul, from this world in the name of
God the almighty Father, who created you,
in the name of Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God, who suffered for you;
in the name of the Holy Spirit, who was poured out upon you,
go forth, faithful Christian.
May you live in peace this day, may your home be with God in Zion, with Mary, the virgin Mother of God, with Joseph,
and all the angels and saints.
3. PRAYER AFTER DEATH: WHEN DEATH HAS OCCURRED, PRAY:
Saints of God, come to his / her aid! Come to meet him /
her, angels of the LORD! Receive his / her soul and present him
/ her to God the Most High.
Let us pray:
All powerful and merciful God,
we comment to you NAME, your servant.
In your mercy and love, blot out the sins he / she has committed through human weakness.
In this world he / she has died: let him /her live with you forever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Si no hay un sacerdote disponible, puede rezar siguiendo estos tres pasos, sintiendo el amor de dios siempre disponible:
1. PUEDE RECITAR LA SIGUIENTE ORACIÓN CON LA PERSONA MORIBUNDA. SI PARECE CONVENIENTE, SE PUEDE REPETIR SUAVEMENTE DOS O TRES VECES:
Si vivimos, para el Señor vivimos.
Y si morimos, para el Señor morimos.
2. CUANDO PAREZCA CERCANO EL MOMENTO DE LA MUERTE, RECE:
Sal, alma cristiana, de este mundo,
en el nombre de Dios Padre todopoderoso, que te creó;
en el nombre de Jesucristo, Hijo de Dios vivo, que padeció por ti;
en el nombre del Espiritu Santo, que te santificó.
Que descanses hoy en paz y habites con Dios en su Reino,
en compañía de la Virgen Madre de Dios, Maria Santísima,
de san José y de todos los ángeles y santos.
3. ORACION DESPUES DE LA MUERTE: DESPUES DE LA MUERTE, RECE:
Vengan a su ayuda, santos de Dios; salgan a su encuentro, ángeles del Señor. Reciban su alma y preséntenla ante el Altísimo.
Te encomendamos, Señor, a tu hijo (a) NOMBRE, a fin de que, muerto ya para el mundo, viva para ti.
Con tu infinita misericordia perdona los pecados que la fragilidad humana le haya hecho cometer.
Por Jesucristo, nuestro Señor.
Please click on the link below to read the letter from Archbishop Dufour