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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: July 28, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Bread Left Over: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:

2 Kings 4:42–44
Psalm 145:10–11, 15–18
Ephesians 4:1–6
John 6:1–15

Today’s liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel’s promised Messiah and King, the Lord who comes to feed His people.
Notice the parallels between today’s Gospel and First Reading. Both Elisha and Jesus face a crowd of hungry people with only a few “barley” loaves. We hear similar words about how impossible it will be to feed the crowd with so little. And in both instances, the miraculous multiplication of bread satisfies the hungry and leaves food left over.
The Elisha story looks back to Moses, the prophet who fed God’s people in the wilderness (see Exodus 16). Moses prophesied that God would send a prophet like him (see Deuteronomy 18:15–19). The crowd in today’s Gospel, witnessing Jesus’ miracle, identifies Him as that prophet.
The Gospel today again shows Jesus to be the Lord, the Good Shepherd, who makes His people lie down on green grass and spreads a table before them (see Psalm 23:1, 5).
The miraculous feeding is a sign that God has begun to fulfill His promise, which we sing of in today’s Psalm, to give His people food in due season and satisfy their desire (see Psalm 81:17).
But Jesus points to the final fulfillment of that promise in the Eucharist. He does the same things as he will do at the Last Supper—He takes the loaves, pronounces a blessing of thanksgiving (literally, “eucharist”), and gives the bread to the people (see Matthew 26:26). Notice, too, that twelve baskets of bread are left over, one for each of the Apostles.
These are signs that should point us to the Eucharist—in which the Church founded on the Apostles continues to feed us with the living bread of His Body.
In this Eucharist, we are made one Body with the Lord, as we hear in today’s Epistle. Let us resolve again, then, to live lives worthy of such a great calling.

Full Circle

Posted: July 28, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

It just dawned on me that it has come full circle.

I was chosen a few weeks back to proclaim the first reading today in my Parish. And surely without a doubt it is the Lord that selected this particular passage for me.

Glory and Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed how lovely is Your dwelling place O Lord my God!

(yes this little reflection may be cryptic to most but it is of a personal nature ❤️)

Then after this little reflection as I was heading home on my bike, I find this at the side of the traffic light on the grass patch.

On further reflection Today’s Gospel also reminded me of the vision I had at the labourer’s retreat..

https://catholicjules.net/2017/08/09/labourers-in-the-vineyard/

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 28, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We cannot lead lives of duplicity! Holy, good and proper when we are on church grounds. Then a free for all on the outside. Where is our integrity? Honour? Most of all love?

Yet the Lord is ever patient and merciful. He waits for us to come to Him with proper contrite hearts. And He will sanctify us. And so at every Eucharistic Celebration then must be a communion of hearts, for having received His body, we before one in Him and with one another. We are sent at the end to bear witness to Him by sharing His love with all we meet, through all that we say and do in His name.

The time for conversion is now… Amen

First reading

Jeremiah 7:1-11
Reform your behaviour and I will stay here with you, says the Lord

The word that was addressed to Jeremiah by the Lord, ‘Go and stand at the gate of the Temple of the Lord and there proclaim this message. Say, “Listen to the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who come in by athese gates to worship the Lord. The Lord Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Amend your behaviour and your actions and I will stay with you here in this place. Put no trust in delusive words like these: This is the sanctuary of the Lord, the sanctuary of the Lord, the sanctuary of the Lord! But if you do amend your behaviour and your actions, if you treat each other fairly, if you do not exploit the stranger, the orphan and the widow (if you do not shed innocent blood in this place), and if you do not follow alien gods, to your own ruin, then here in this place I will stay with you, in the land that long ago I gave to your fathers for ever. Yet here you are, trusting in delusive words, to no purpose! Steal, would you, murder, commit adultery, perjure yourselves, burn incense to Baal, follow alien gods that you do not know? – and then come presenting yourselves in this Temple that bears my name, saying: Now we are safe – safe to go on committing all these abominations! Do you take this Temple that bears my name for a robbers’ den? I, at any rate, am not blind – it is the Lord who speaks.”’

Gospel

Matthew 13:24-30
Let them both grow till the harvest

Jesus put another parable before the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?” “Some enemy has done this” he answered. And the servants said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?” But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn.”’