The Universal Church celebrates Sunday, August 2, 2015, as the eighteenth Sunday in ordinary time, year B. In the Entrance Antiphon we pray: “God, come to my help, Lord, quickly give me assistance. You are the one who helps me and sets me free. Lord, do not be long in coming. Amen.” The Gospel of this day’s Mass refers to Jesus as the Bread of Life. Just as we need material food to survive physically, so too do we need Jesus Christ as the spiritual food for our spiritual survival. In the first reading, from Exodus, the hungry Israelites receive food from heaven in the form of manna through the intercession of Moses. It is this same gift of manna that the people of Jesus’ time expect from him. In the second reading, Saint Paul continues to stress unity among Ephesians, urging them to remain united by imitating and putting on Christ. In the course of this Eucharist, let us pray for the grace to follow Christ, not for material gain, but for spiritual nourishment because Christ is the way to the Father.