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DIVINE CONCERN

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes

Introduction

This Sunday Gos­pel read­ing is taken from the Gos­pel accord­ing to John. This Gos­pel will accom­pany us till the 21st Sunday of the year. This means and implies the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark, the cur­rent Gos­pel for the Litur­gic­al Year (B) will be inter­rup­ted, to be taken up again from the 22nd Sunday of the year. The reas­on is that although Mark (6:35–44) con­tains the same epis­ode as in John 6:1–15, the entire chapter six of John dwells on the body and blood of Jesus which impli­citly, rep­res­ents the Holy Euchar­ist (Com­mu­nion). This is why the Church has decided to base her Gos­pel read­ings and les­sons for these Sundays on John chapter six. The Church could not have ignored such rich present­a­tion, explan­a­tion and applic­a­tion of Jesus as the “bread of life.” To read the epis­ode of John 6:1–15 in oth­er Gos­pels, you can con­sult Mark 6:32–44; Matt 14:13–21, and Luke 9:10–17.

Jesus feels for the people

When he looked up and saw a large crowd com­ing toward him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’” (John 6:5). Marveled by the signs per­formed by Jesus, the crowd con­tin­ued to fol­low him wherever he went. This time, Jesus accom­plishes anoth­er sign by feel­ing for the people who.…..

Conclusion

To the first tempta­tion of the Diabo­los, to turn stones into bread, Jesus objec­ted and respon­ded that Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (cf. Matt 4:1–4). In the feed­ing of the people, Jesus shows how to com­bine the word of God and bread. Mark makes this com­bin­a­tion clear­er. In Mark 6:34, we read that as Jesus stepped out of the boat, he saw a great crowd and had pity on them because they were like sheep without shep­herd and he taught them many things. Then, in Mark 6:35, fol­lows the story of the feed­ing of the same crowd he had taught many things. The people the dis­ciples wanted Jesus to send away are the same people he taught many things. Hav­ing been feed­ing them with the word of God since morn­ing, he also taught it wise to feed them with bread. God cares about our spir­itu­al and mater­i­al sat­is­fac­tion. We must also care for one anoth­er. This is our true vocation.

FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPIES OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE: SUNDAY REFLECTIONS” (vols. I and II)!! The reflec­tion for the 17th Sunday of the year (B) is found in vol. II pages 318–332. Happy reading!

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