St. Stephen Catholic Church 
 
Fr. Robert Knight, Pastor 
 11514 State Hwy A, P.O. Box 233 
Richwoods, MO 63071 
 Phone: (573) 678-2207
Fax: (573) 678-2380 
 email: parish354@archstl.org 
Website: ststephenrichwoodsmo.com
 
  
August 1, 2021
Eighteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
Do not work for food that perishes
but for food that endures for eternal life. John 6:27a
 FOR REFLECTION: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time“Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not.” EXODUS 16:4
 
When the Israelites gathered more than their daily portion of manna, the surplus became wormy and rotten. In the same way today, selfreliance, pride and ego leads to hoarding and excessive surplus of goods and money. Living a stewardship lifestyle helps us discern our “wants” from our “needs”. Living a grateful and generous lifestyle reminds us that God will provide all that we need and that we have plenty to share.