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|The Peace Pulpit: Homilies by Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton|
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Thomas J. Gumbleton
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese
1 Kings 19:4-8
Elijah went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down
under a juniper tree and requested for himself that he might die, saying,
"It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than
my fathers." He lay down and slept under the juniper tree; and, behold,
an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat." He looked,
and, behold, there was at his hearth a cake baked on the coals, and a jar
of water. He ate and drink, and laid down again. The angel of Yahweh came
again the second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, because
the journey is too great for you. He arose, and ate and drink, and then
strengthened by that food, he waked forty days and forty nights to Horeb,
the Mount of God.
Brothers and sisters: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom
you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger,
outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind
to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in
Christ forgave you. Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.
Walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us,
an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.
The Jews therefore murmured about Jesus, because he said, "I am the bread which came down out of heaven." They said, "Isn't this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, 'I have come down out of heaven?'" Therefore Jesus answered them, "Don't murmur among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. It is written in the prophets, 'They will all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
* A longtime national and international activist in the peace movement, Bishop Gumbleton is a founding member of Pax Christi USA and an outspoken critic of the sanctions against Iraq.
has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and has published
numerous articles and reports.
* Scripture texts in this work are in modified form from the American Standard Version of the Bible and are available as part of the public domain.
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may be found at the website of the United States Conference of Catholic
** The Web link to Pax Christi is provided as a service to our readers.
(Editor's note: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton was not in Detroit Sunday Aug. 10, so he did not celebrate Mass at St. Leo Parish. Consequently there was no homily for the Peace Pulpit. Instead, Bishop Gumbleton sent the following message.)
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance
On Sunday, August 10, 2003, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton joined The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance in in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to protest nuclear weapons production.
In summer 2002, Bishop Gumbleton urged Catholics to protest against these weapons during Hiroshima Week, August 6 - 11, 2003 when people from around the world gathered to pray, fast, march, and resist through nonviolent direct action against the building of nuclear bombs.
The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., is the nuclear weapons facility where two new types of nuclear weapons, the so-called "mini-nukes" and the "robust nuclear earth penetrator" (RNEP) are slated to be developed. It is also where the core components were made for the "Little Boy" bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The demonstration and action took place on Sunday, August 10.
"When so many people are hungry, when so many families suffer from destitution...every armaments race becomes an intolerable scandal. We are conscious of our duty to denounce it."Joining the fasting, demonstrations, and public protest at Oak Ridge were the Catholic Bishops of Japan who observe what they call "An Annual Peace Period" from August 5 - August 15. At one of the public sessions, Bishop Gumbleton shared with the people gathered there the statement prepared by the Japanese bishops for this year's "Peace Period." The text of their statement follows:
Episcopal Commission for Social Issues
Are We Following the Right Path?
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