The Bread of Life

 Michael Ida on pilgrimage in Jerusalem

Michael Ida on pilgrimage in Jerusalem

In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus declares himself to be the bread of life. As many of you know, bread is one of my favorite foods (and one of the few things you will see me eat at any parish potluck or shared meal). It’s remarkable that from a few simple ingredients (flour, water, yeast) comes so much variety and diversity. Just as each ingredient contributes something special, unique, and indispensable to the finished loaf, each of us who belong to the St. Mark’s parish 'ohana has our own talents and gifts to share, making our family of faith very special indeed.

In the coming weeks the stewardship ministry team will be sharing with you what makes St. Mark’s so special to a few of our fellow parishioners. Those who attended the St. Mark’s Day Feast last April were asked to respond to the prompt, “I am grateful to be a part of the St. Mark’s worship community because . . . ,” and some of their responses will begin appearing on inserts in our Sunday mass bulletins. In this season of new school years and fresh starts, we invite you to consider what makes St. Mark’s special to you and how you can contribute to making St. Mark’s special for those who have not yet discovered the gem of Kapahulu Avenue.

Dr. Michael Ida, ObJN
Treasurer and Chair of the Stewardship Ministry