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: