About the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Sunday August 4, 2024
The readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B show that God gives us bread from heaven – the Eucharist. In the first reading God provides manna when the Israelites are starving and complaining. The psalm declares “The Lord gave them bread from heaven.” In the second reading () we are invited to be renewed and transformed. And in the gospel Jesus tells us not to work for the temporary things of this world but for the true bread of life.
Like last week, these readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B point to the Eucharist. The lure of material goods and worldly values is also a possible topic.
Daily Mass Readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
- First Reading – Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15: “I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 78: “The Lord gave them bread from heaven.”
- Second Reading – Ephesians 4:17, 20-24: “you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth”
- Gospel – John 6:24-35: “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”