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Very Rev. Edward J.
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SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
July 26, 2015
the next five Sundays we set aside our reading of the gospel of
Mark to devote attention to John 6 and the Bread of Life
discourse. The fourth gospel differs from the others in many
respects and one is the way in which the evangelist teases out
the implications of Jesus’ actions through long discussions in
which the participants are being asked to consider in depth the
symbolism behind his deeds. The multiplication of the loaves and
fishes is the only miracle story that John shares with the other
gospels, though he calls them signs because of his desire to
highlight not so much the power of Jesus but his identity. The
signs point to who he is as the one sent by the Father. John’s
account of this differs in some small ways. He tells us these
events take place just before the feast of Passover and thereby
invites us to make a connection with that founding story of the
Israelites when God fed them in the wilderness. He also notes
that the boy brings five ‘barley loaves’ which was the bread of
the poor. Finally, we are told that twelve baskets of scraps are
gathered up so that nothing may be lost. Here it is possible to
see a symbolism referring to Jesus’ desire to gather to himself
the new people of God.
It is not given to us to perform miracles like Elisha and Jesus
but perhaps that is as it should be. In a world where there isso
much need, we have a great deal to give. It may not seem likemuch
to us but when it is shared it becomes more than we canever
imagine. The miracles worked by Jesus and Elisha neededsomeone
to come along and offer what they had. God still needsus
to do the same and still guarantees that if we do, things willhappen!
That we are reading from John over the next few weeksis
an invitation to realize that while all the gospels proclaim
do so differently. This means that we need to read themdifferently
so that we can get the most from what the evangelist istrying
to say. Very early on in the tradition of the church, John’swas
called the ‘spiritual gospel’ because from the beginning itwas
recognized that he was challenging us to think very deeplyabout
the mystery of the Word made flesh.
- Excerpted from
Let The Reader Understand:
The Sunday Readings of Year B
by Sean Goan
BE PREPARED FOR THE WORD OF THE LORD
Readings for next Sunday, August 2, 2015
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Exodus 16: 2 - 4, 12 - 15
Psalm 78: 3 - 4, 23 - 24, 25, 54
Ephesians 4: 17, 20 - 24
John 6: 24 - 35