17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 30, 2012


Our readings this week provide the Biblical undertones of the Mass. John’s account of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves is foreshadowed in 2 Kings where Elisha’s own confidence that the food God provides will be enough to feed everyone.

These two texts offer a template for the Mass as it has existed throughout the centuries – a template by which Jesus gathers people together; where they will be taught and feed by the word and food of God.

Last week, we left off with Jesus teaching for he pitied them – they were like sheep without a shepherd.

And now we hear John’s account of the multiplication of the loaves – it is his version of the institution narrative. The Biblical basis for the Mass.

These readings are complimented by Paul’s letter to the Ephesians instructing them how to live their baptism in the company of each other – with gentleness, humility and patience, bearing one another in love and striving for peace and unity.

CLICK HERE for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15)


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