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Gospel Reflection for 18th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B, August 5th 2018
A lady came into the church and took the hosts form the offertory table and gave them to her children. Someone reprimanded her, and she simply said they had no food for the last two days. This is a true story and the way of life for so many hungry people today, in a world where this is enough food to feed us all.
The gospel today is a mixture of two foods – people came for more bread from Jesus. He knows their need and many times he feeds people. He also know the need of the soul and the life for the soul which the food of the Eucharist brings.
Both are calls to feed the hungry and give meaning to the soul. Jesus meets both needs. He challenges: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food’; through our feeding the hungry not alone do we feed him, but we also do his will, that his kingdom of justice and equality may come. We feed the soul for him also in our sharing faith, meaning in life and love in many ways with each other.
Ordinary bread feeds the body, the bread of life brings hope to the soul.
Many well fed people need this hope; many hungry people, like the mother feeding her children with the communion hosts, already have it!
Give us this day our daily bread, your will be done and your kingdom come!
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine