Sunday, August 1, 2021
The readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B show that God gives us bread from heaven – the Eucharist. In the first reading (Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15) God provides manna when the Israelites are starving and complaining. The psalm (Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54) declares “The Lord gave them bread from heaven.” In the second reading (Ephesians 4:17, 20-24) we are invited to be renewed and transformed. And in the gospel (John 6:24-35) Jesus tells us not to work for the temporary things of this world but for the true bread of life.
Once again these readings point to the Eucharist. The lure of material goods and worldly values is also a possible topic. Here are some ideas: