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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Sunday August 2, 2026

The readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A are about letting God satisfy our desires. In the first reading (Isaiah 55:1-3) God tells us that he will provide for all of our needs and give us life. The psalm (Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18) is " The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs." The second reading (Romans 8:35, 37-39) tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. And in the gospel (Matthew 14:13-21) Jesus feeds the crowd of 5000 with just a few loaves and fishes.

So possible topics are Eucharist and how God feeds us both physically and spiritually. Here are reflections, discussion questions, games, and more to use with this Eucharistic theme:

All You Who Are Thirsty, Come to the Water

"All you who are thirsty, come to the water!" - Isaiah 55:1 (Social media graphic)

Why Do We Consume But Are Not Satisfied? Background Material on Consumerism

We live in a world where we are constantly consuming. The teachings of the Catholic Church can explain our obsession with consumerism.

Baby Food Game: Taste Tester

Baby food is pretty bland and it can be difficult to know the flavor just by tasting it. In this baby food game, teenagers try to guess the flavors of assorted baby foods. Be prepared for plenty of laughs. This game would work well with a meeting focused on the Eucharist or about being spiritually fed.

Who except God can give you peace?

Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart? – St. Gerard Majella

God Sustains Us – A Prayer Based on Psalm 145

We know God sustains us and cares for us. This is a prayer based on Psalm 145, which expressed praise to God for the way he watches over us.

Wild Wet Wiffle Ball

Wild Wet Wiffle Ball is a fun summer option for a youth group game. It is just like regular wiffle ball, only wetter.

God Feeds His People – A Lesson Plan on Manna and Bread

This God Feeds His People lesson plan on manna and bread will help youth consider the many references to manna and bread in scripture.

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2 responses to “18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A”

  1. David Magazi Avatar
    David Magazi

    God is good for us all the time,, that's why when jesus came in the world he became a flesh and took human body to save us. Even now jesus christ feeds us with his body. He is our Pascal lamb of God. Blessed Sunday to you all.

  2. Seminarian Stuart Munthali Avatar
    Seminarian Stuart Munthali

    Christ is the bread of of life . He stood the desert where he performed the miracle like new Moses feeding 12 tribes of Israel. We have our own pysical and spiritual deserts . Christ is the answer

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