St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436



From the Desk of Father Mac

July 29, 2018

My Dear Friends in Christ,

During this Year B of the 3-year cycle of Sunday readings our Gospel passages have been taken from the Gospel of Mark. For the next five Sundays we’ll take a break from Mark to read chapter 6 of the Gospel of John which includes the “Bread of Life Discourse” (John 6:22-59). This chapter of John’s Gospel has strong Eucharistic overtones. The Eucharist, as the Catechism teaches, is "the source and summit of the Christian life" (CCC #1324). In today’s passage Jesus performs the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes to feed the multitude. Five loaves and two fish can’t begin to feed a crowd of five thousand men (plus at least as many women and children). It is impossible. And yet, when the Apostles hand over their meager resources to the Lord, they become more than enough to do the job.

The same goes for us. The mission we’ve received of becoming saints, of using our gifts and talents to help others, of being bright torches in this dark world that guide searching souls towards the hope of heaven - this mission is beyond our natural capacities. It's too much for us! We too only have meager resources and by ourselves we can do nothing. It’s only when we put all we have and all we are into Christ's hands, trusting in him and not ourselves, that we can hope to fulfill our life mission and make a real difference for the good of the Kingdom - in our hearts and in society at large. What we could never achieve on our own, we can immeasurably surpass with God’s help. As Jesus himself reassures us, "For God, everything is possible!"

Jesus asked his apostles to hand over the little that they had, and he worked wonders with it. Could he be asking us to do the same? Which loaves and fish is God asking us to entrust to his care today, right now? What do we think have so little of that we are afraid to give it to God?

Maybe it's time. Has God been asking you to spend more time in prayer or in serving the parish but you think you’re too busy or have too little time? God will work wonders with whatever little bit you give him. Maybe it's talent. Has God put a desire in your heart to try something new, to reach out to those in need, but you’ve been afraid to try, because you’re afraid of failing? God will multiply whatever little talent you have, if you put it sincerely and obediently into his hands. Maybe it’s treasure. Has God been inviting you to give more to the parish or other charities, but you’re afraid of financial insecurity? God will bless whatever you give and return it you a hundredfold! Maybe it's talk. Is there someone in your life you need to forgive or apologize to, or invite back to Mass? How will you know the right thing to say? God will turn your meager words into seeds of grace, if only you will place them in his hands.

As Jesus performs the miracle of the Eucharist, let's renew our confidence in him, and hand over whatever loaves and fish he is asking for. I'll guarantee one thing if you do: you won't regret it!

In Christ,


For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234


St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234


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