20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Published on 13 Aug 2018
An altar with a monstrance and people praying
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see,

fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love,

so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises,

which surpass every human desire.

The readings for this Sunday tell us of the nourishment that comes from heaven and of our need to draw everlasting life from our relationship with Jesus – as well as pursuing wise and Spirit-filled paths in life.

The First Reading makes explicit the value of Wisdom, depicted as a woman seeking and inviting everyone to come and be nourished at her table of learning.

The Psalm is a continuation of last week’s psalm of thanksgiving, where the psalmist tells us that those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.

In the Second Reading, Paul encourages the early Christians to live with awareness and intelligence, and not to be thoughtless. He advises them to discern and recognise the will of the Lord in their age, and to live lives filled with the Holy Spirit; a message that continues to be very relevant in the present time.

In the Gospel, Jesus invites those around him to believe in him; to be in communion with him; to live in him and draw life from him just as he himself draws life from the living Father.

With Spirit-filled hearts, let us pray for each other throughout this week that we may seek the nourishment of a life-giving relationship with God, with one another, and with the planet we share.

Leave your folly and you will live; walk in the ways of perfection.    First Reading

Go on singing and chanting to the Lord in your hearts, so that always and everywhere you are giving thanks to God.   Second Reading

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I live in them.    Gospel

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

Proverbs 9: 1–6; Psalm 33 (34); Ephesians 5: 15–20; John 6: 51–58