Give them food!

Readings: 2 Kings 4, 42-44; Ps 145, 10.11.15.16.17-18; Eph 4,1-6; Jn 6, 1-15

Today, the 25th July 2021 the Holy Father Pope Francis invites us to celebrate the first World Day of prayer for for Grandparents and the Elderly. The word of God for us on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time fits exactly in a time when many are looking for food. The current lockdown due to the Covid-19 wave has driven many vulnerable people into deplorable food scarsity. Just as it was in the time of Elisha and in Jesus’ time, the invitation is: „Give the people food so that nobody may go hungry!“ This is only possible is we all renounce our selfishness and be ready to share.

Read more: 17th Sunday in ordinary time, Year B

Theme: "SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD"

1st. Reading (Jeremaih 23: 1-6). In this reading the shepherds who neglected the flock are severely mentioned by God. At the same time God promises to send shepherds who will care about His sheep. 

2nd reading (Ephesians 2: 13-18).  By his death Christ broke down the wall that divided Jews from the Gentiles and He united all peoples as children of the one Father.

Gospel (Mark 6:30-34). In this Gospel we see the care of Christ for his apostles as well as his compassion for the people who were " like sheep without Shepherd "

Read more: 16th Sunday in ordinary time, year B

Power manifested in weakness

Readings: Ez 2, 2-5; Ps123, 1-2a-2bc.3-4; 2 Cor 12, 7-10; Mk 6, 1-6

The Word of God for us on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time B invites us to contemplate the ways of God that are far different from the human ways. God manifests His power through weakness and weak instruments. We are invited to recognize that there are prophets in our midst even if they remain simple men and women like others. These speak God’s word which calls people to a change of life.

Read more: 14th Sunday in ordinary time, Year B

Called and sent to be disciples and prophets to one another

God chooses simple people, with very humble backgrounds, without prior credibility or authority attached to their names in order to deliver his message to those to whom it is destined. We have so many examples of such people in the bible, the virgin Mary, the disciples and many other prophets in the Old Testament. Normally his message touches sensitive aspects that require conversion and change of heart and that many people found and still find hard to accept. Simply because such messages cause in them anxiety and discomfort; they cause insecurity and on the part of the bearer, they put his or her life at stake because of the threats that eventually and consequently come their way.

Read more: Homily, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The Eucharist: The body of Christ, bread that is broken for the life of the world

Readings: Exodus 24:3-8, Psalm 116:12-13,15 and 16bc,17-18, Hebrews 9:11-15 , Mark 14:12-16.22-26

Dear brother and sisters, today we celebrate a special day dedicated to the body and blood of Christ. Each and every day, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist but perhaps some times we have become so familiar with this experience that it does not anymore arouse awe and wonder in us.

Read more: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

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