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Reflection on the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time


2 Kings 4:42-44They will eat and have some left over

Psalm 144You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires

Ephesians 4: 1-6One Body, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism.

John 6: 1-15Jesus gave out as much as was wanted to all who were sitting ready


Whenever we read in our liturgy about the Prophets, Patriarchs and Christ Himself feeding the people our minds are turned immediately to the Eucharist – and rightly so. The Church

deliberately makes that connection and expects us to meditate upon it. However, it is not the only thing the Church is asking us to consider: we are asked to consider what we are doing to feed the hungry in our world? The Eucharist goes hand in hand with a commitment to feeding the hungry – service as was shown by Our Lord washing His Disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. We can’t receive one without acting upon the other.

Reflection on the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time