18th Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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“Sir, give us this bread always.”  This is a striking line in the Gospel reading for today. It speaks of hunger, a deep hunger for things that nourish us spiritually. As members of a liturgical community and a sacramental faith, we recognize that physical objects and moments can communicate something of the divine. Bread and wine, oil and water, incense and candles: these small and simple objects point us toward a deeper reality. There are even everyday objects and rituals that we all use that point us to deeper realities.

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Fr. Matt Litak

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It is rare for all four Gospels to contain the same stories. With their varied audiences and focuses, the Gospel writers tend to omit, or summarize, or rearrange stories as suits their purpose. All four Gospels recount Jesus feeding thousands of people, and Matthew and Mark recount Jesus doing it on two separate occasions. Thus, even the most jaded historical scriptural critic is forced to admit that an event like the one seen in the Gospel actually happened, and we the believer see the story’s lasting impact on the Jesus movement and the early Church.

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Kelly Amshoff

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The Gospel message from this week’s readings reminds me of being invited recently to a wedding in the hills of Kentucky. The wedding was a weekend camp out with live music. The website itinerary was incredible… it included what to bring, what to wear, what to leave at home, where to park, everything. When I commented to my friend getting married that this was super helpful, he responded “We wanted to cover everything beforehand so you could show up and focus on what really matters this weekend.”
 
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