Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, August 2, 2020
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
In our first reading, the prophet is speaking to God’s people who were captives and exiles in Babylon over 500 years before Christ, announcing that their captivity was ended. God was getting ready to bring them back home. The rich and abundant food mentioned in this reading symbolized the blessings they would soon enjoy. This first reading is meant to prepare us for the Gospel where Jesus feeds a multitude in a miraculous way. The Gospel tells us how Jesus responded to the needs of the people who came to Him. As we read and reflect on today’s Gospel, the connection with the Eucharist is obvious and deliberate. St Matthew tells us about the miracle of the loaves and the fishes and by doing this he wants us to be aware of how Jesus feeds us in a miraculous way in the Eucharist. Let us never take this great gift, the Eucharist, for granted. May Jesus, the Bread of Life, be with us to give us the strength we need during these challenging times.
God bless you and keep you healthy.
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