17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Published on 23 Jul 2018
Some loaves of bread in a basket

One bread, one body

O God, protector of those who hope in you,

without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy,

bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide,

we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure.

For what do we hunger? Today’s readings speak of our deepest needs.

In the First Reading, twenty loaves, given to Elisha the prophet in thanksgiving for the first fruits, feed over a hundred with plenty left over.

The Psalm, part of Psalm 144 (145), praises our just and loving God who generously grants all our desires.

In emphasising our vocation, St Paul, in the Second Reading, reminds us that it is God who is our Father – and that he is our unity and our peace.

The Spirit enables us to live out our baptism in charity with each other.

The Gospel is the account of the feeding of the five thousand. It begins the famous chapter in St John presenting Jesus as the Bread of Life, the sacrament of unity.

Perhaps this week we can be conscious that the Lord gives himself in so many ways in our lives – and gives not just ‘enough’, but gives in abundance.

They will eat and have some left over.   First Reading

The eyes of all creatures look to you and you give them their food in due time.    Responsorial Psalm

Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience.    Second Reading

Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready.   Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

2 Kings 4: 42–44; Psalm 144 (145); Ephesians 4: 1–6; John 6: 1–15