Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Lectionary: 110

July 28, 2018

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 110

Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:42-44

A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,
twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,
and fresh grain in the ear.
Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.”
But his servant objected,
“How can I set this before a hundred people?”
Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.”
“For thus says the LORD,
‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.'”
And when they had eaten, there was some left over,
as the LORD had said.

-Discovering that the prophet Elisha also multiplied bread may be a bit surprising, but it would be an indication that Jesus was doing things that were in line with what men of God had done in the past.  Elisha fed one hundred, Jesus, several thousand.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18

  1. (cf. 16) The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
    Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
    Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might.
    R. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
    The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
    and you give them their food in due season;
    you open your hand
    and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
    R. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
    The LORD is just in all his ways
    and holy in all his works.
    The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
    to all who call upon him in truth.
    R. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

Reading 2 Eph 4:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,

bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

– St. Paul writes from prison, pleading that they, and we, live a life according to our dignity as children of God.  A man goes into a steak house and orders the best steak on the menu.  When the server brings his platter, she has her thumb squished into the meat.  When he complains she explains that she did not want the steak to fall on the floor again.  Food off the floor is beneath our dignity.  So is sin, all sin, every sin. 

Alleluia Lk 7:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A great prophet has risen in our midst.
    God has visited his people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:1-15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes
and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip,
“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”

So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves
that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

-The lectionary now switches from the Gospel of Mark to that of John. We are now given six weeks to reflect on the profound teaching found in the sixth chapter of John, the Discourse on the Bread of Life. 

-The boy who had just a little became the means by which five thousand were fed.  Imagine what God could do if you and I were to place the little time, talent, and other resources we have at His disposal.  Then again, what if the boy refused to share what he had?  Like most of the miracles of Jesus, some human cooperation is called for. 

-In the midst of abundance, nothing should be wasted.  Some folks with an abundance of time use it playing games, surfing the Internet, or talking about the flaws and failures of others.  Those with an abundance of money may spend it on things they really do not need and may even do them harm.  Those with great talents can misspend them selfishly. 

Questions for Discussion & Decision:

  • Am I living a life worthy of the calling I have received from God?
  • Of what do I have an abundance? How can I make sure it is not wasted?

Let us pray! 

O God, source of all we have and are

(All that is, but our sins),

From You we have received our talents and potential

Our limitations and our neediness

That we might have an abundance to share

And receive from others.

Grant us the grace to be grateful for all we have received

Hopeful for one another

And eager to share with those You send our way

That we may be evidence of Your truth and love in the world.  Amen.


Father John




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