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June 25, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 55:1-3

Come to the water!

  • In Isaiah 55, God, through the prophet, invites everyone to a feast free-of charge.
  • Isaiah offers encouragement to the people with the news that their exile will end.
  • A banquet is the image for this renewal. Just as the Sinai covenant was sealed with a meal, so this new covenant will be sealed with the finest food and drink.

Reading II : Romans 8:35, 37-39

What can separate you from the love of Christ?

  • Chapter 8 of Paul's Letter to the Romans comes to a conclusion with a poetic declaration of God's great love.
  • Paul stresses that there is nothing in or out of the world that can separate us from the love of Christ.
  • The power of God's love is greater than anything else that exists.

Gospel : Matthew 14:13-21

You give them something to eat!

  • In today's Gospel, the miracle of the loaves and fishes is a sign that in Jesus, the messianic age has arrived.
  • Jesus' disciples are called to participate in “feeding the world” by their ministry.
  • The vocabulary in today's Gospel is linked to the early Christian Eucharist. Jesus “took” the food, “blessed and broke it,” and “gave it” to the disciples.