Lifelong Catechesis

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May 22, 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

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 2 Kings 4:42-44

Give it to the people to eat.

  • In the first reading, the prophet Elisha shows great faith in the power of God.
  • Elisha insists that everyone will be fed with an obvious insufficient amount of food.
  • The true nourishment of the prophets is God’s word which overflows and nourishes all around them.

Reading II : Ephesians 4:1-6

Bear with one another lovingly.

  • The unity given to Christians through one Baptism in Christ is the subject of today's passage from the Letter to the Ephesians.
  • Christians are one Body in Christ.
  • This unity is exemplified by Christians living in peace.

Gospel : John 6:1-15

Jesus gave the people all the food they wanted.

  • The miraculous feeding in today's Gospel provides a glimpse of the heavenly banquet, where there will never be hunger again.
  • The early Christians recognized in this miracle that hunger for life is the hunger that Jesus satisfies.
  • This story of the multiplication of the loaves becomes the symbol for Jesus' Eucharistic feeding of his disciples through the ages.