Sunday, July 25, 2021
The readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B tell of how God provides for all of our needs and feeds us spiritually. In the first reading (2 Kings 4:42-44) Elisha assures his servant that 20 barley loaves will feed 100 people, and it does just as the Lord promised. The psalm (Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18) assures us “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.” In the second reading (Ephesians 4:1-6) Paul assures us that God is in control. And in the gospel (John 6:1-15) Jesus feeds the crowd of five thousand with five loaves and two fish, a foreshadowing of the Eucharist.
These readings would lead to a discussion of Eucharist and recognizing the abundance in our lives. Here are some ideas: