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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Sunday August 18, 2024

The readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B encourage us to be wise and not foolishly make choices which will lead us to spiritual death. In the first reading (Proverbs 9:1-6) we hear of the banquet prepared by wisdom. The psalm (Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7) sings "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord." In the second reading (Ephesians 5:15-20) we are told to let go of our ignorance and live in the Spirit. And in the gospel (John 6:51-58), the people cannot understand how Jesus can be the Bread of Life, for they are seeing through the world's eyes.

This is a good time to speak about the virtue of wisdom and how we need the gifts of the Spirit to follow Jesus. Here are some ideas:

Life is a time for making decisive, eternal choices. Trivial choices lead to a trivial life; great choices to a life of greatness. In fact, we become what we choose. If we choose God, we grow daily in his love, and if we choose to love others, we find true happiness.

Pope Francis

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