July 25, 2021
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 4:42-44
Responsorial Psalm 145
Ephesians 4: 1-6
John 6: 1-15

We Need to Be Fed

The stories in 2 Kings and John’s Gospel both speak to feeding the hungry people. In the first reading the people were nearly poisoned prior to the moment written about in today’s passage. In both 2 Kings and John it is barley loaves that satisfies the crowds. Barley loves are meant for the poor. The wealthy would not eat them. Furthermore, the loaves were given from the “first fruits” of the harvest. That is the best of the harvest. The best of the harvest is always given to the Lord’s service. It is shared for the good of all.

The miracle story in today’s gospel passage is one found in each gospel. Again, barley loaves are involved. Moreover, only a small number of them were available to feed many people. The feeding takes place near the Passover time. There is a plentitude of leftovers after all are fed. Care is taken to collect and preserve the leftovers. Nothing goes to waste.

God makes sure His people are fed. His people are those who follow His leaders. They followed because they sincerely look for salvation. God gives the people knowledge of His existence and love. As well, God gives example of how to live in response to His loving presence.

Yes, God does exist. God loves you and me, all of us. He loves people who do not love Him. He cannot force love on us however. Sharing in His love happens as each of us is open to the Lord and joins in His community of faith, the Church, and follow its disciplines. Doing so makes it possible to benefit from His love.

The reality is this. Each of us longs for wholeness of life. We want to know we have value and dignity and we have a need to be needed and accepted. In other words, we need to be fed.

Do you feel empty in some way? Or, perhaps do you wish to be more full? It is not selfish to desire fullness of life. Fulness of life is what God calls us to have. In humility we come to accept God’s blessings. In return we praise, thank, and bless the Lord. We offer ourselves back to the Lord in the form of service. We give our first fruits to Him. All of this is expressed in the Eucharistic Liturgy each Sunday.

As we are fed we feed others too. Feeding others by the abundance of God’s Grace is what is expressed in the sign of the leftovers. It is natural to be this way when we are in unison with God.

We need to be fed.

Peace,
Father Bob

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Pray the
Divine Mercy

“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
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Reading the Bible in order to deepen our relationship with Jesus.

Scripture
Readings

It is important to read the Bible in order to understand our Catholic faith better and be able to pass it on to others. It is important to read the Bible in order to live holy Christian lives.

Spending time reading the upcoming weeks scripture will enhance you experience at Mass.

This Weeks Readings



Ex 16:2-4, 12-15

The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
The Israelites said to them,
“Would that we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt,
as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!
But you had to lead us into this desert
to make the whole community die of famine!”

Then the LORD said to Moses,
“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.
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.

“I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites.
Tell them: In the evening twilight you shall eat flesh,
and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread,
so that you may know that I, the LORD, am your God.”

In the evening quail came up and covered the camp.
In the morning a dew lay all about the camp,
and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert
were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground.
On seeing it, the Israelites asked one another, “What is this?”
for they did not know what it was.
But Moses told them,
“This is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.”

Responsorial Psalm
78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54

R. (24b) The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
What we have heard and know,
   and what our fathers have declared to us,
we will declare to the generation to come
   the glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength
   and the wonders that he wrought.
R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
He commanded the skies above
   and opened the doors of heaven;
he rained manna upon them for food
   and gave them heavenly bread.
R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
Man ate the bread of angels,
   food he sent them in abundance.
And he brought them to his holy land,
   to the mountains his right hand had won.
R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Eph 4:17, 20-24

Brothers and sisters:
I declare and testify in the Lord
that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do,
in the futility of their minds;
that is not how you learned Christ,
assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him,
as truth is in Jesus,
that you should put away the old self of your former way of life,
corrupted through deceitful desires,
and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and put on the new self,
created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.


Alleluia Mt 4:4b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
One does not live on bread alone,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:24-35

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you are looking for me not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him,
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
   He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven

and gives life to the world.” So they said to him,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”


Next Weeks Readings

August 8, 2021
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 19:4-8;Eph 4:30-5:2;Jn 6:41-51