18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Christ satisfies our hunger
Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness,
that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide,
you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored.
All four Gospels relate the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, which comes immediately before the passage we hear in today’s Gospel, taken from St John. This text begins what is known as the ’Bread of Life Discourse’ (John 6. 22–59), which we start today and will continue reading over the next two Sundays.
It is the morning after the night before, and the people go across the lake looking for Jesus – because, as he says, ‘they have eaten all the bread they can eat’. Through dialogue, Jesus helps them to see that it is the Father who has always provided for them – a theme reinforced in the First Reading and Psalm.
Jesus also reveals something new to them: he himself is the sign they seek. Through his gift of living bread, he is offering them renewal of their minds and the ability to walk in the way of goodness and truth (Second Reading).
This week, let’s give time for dialogue with the Lord that we, too, might respond to his desire to give himself totally to us, so that our deepest hunger and thirst may be satisfied.
He gave them bread from heaven. Psalm
You can put on the new self that has been created in God’s way. Second Reading
This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent. Gospel
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry;
whoever believes in me will never thirst. Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:
Exodus 16: 2–4.12–15; Psalm 77 (78); Ephesians 4: 17.20–24; John 6: 24–35