July 26, 2015

17th Sun., Ordinary Time

July 26, 2015:  Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Find 12 connections between
today's readings and celebration
and my outfit?

Legend below

  • If you belong to me/ Hurd (1st reading- and gospel-inspired, for the people who offered the bread that was multiplied)

    5 loaves, 2 fish...
  • 2 Kgs 4:42-44  A man brought Elisha 20 barley loaves made from the firstfruits and fresh grain.  When Elisha told him to give it to the people to eat, he objected:  "There are a hundred people!"  Elisha insisted, they ate, and there were leftovers.

  • Ps 145:10-11, 15-18  "The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs."  Lord, let your works thank you and your faithful bless you.  All look hopefully to you, and you satisfy their desires.  You're just, holy, and near....

  • Eph 4:1-6  Live worthy of the call you received, with humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another through love, preserving the unity through the bond of peace.  There's one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, over all and in all.

  • Jn 6:1-15  Jesus, seeing the crowd coming to him / Philip:  "Where can we buy food for them?" / “200 days’ wages wouldn't be enough.”  Andrew / Jesus:  “A boy has five loaves and two fish; but what good is that?” / “Have them recline.”  About 5,000 did.  Jesus took the loaves and fish, gave thanks, and distributed them.  After all had their fill, the disciples gathered up 12 baskets of leftovers.  Crowd:  “This is the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”   Jesus withdrew.
    • Creighton:  God creates something out of nothing....
    • Passionist:  The multiplication of the loaves connects us to the Last Supper, the Eucharist, and our sense of feeling overwhelmed before the tasks given to us.  “Lord, what can I do with so little?” / “What you have is enough, even more than enough.”  Let God take what we have, bless it, and tell us, “Give them something to eat”:  a smile, a dollar, time, compliment, help, note...?  If we put what we have at the service of God's people, there will be more than enough.
    • DailyScripture.net:  The crowd came to Jesus because they were hungry for his word.   Jesus multiplied what they had to satisfy their hunger for food too.  His feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle repeated in all four gospels; it points to God's provision of manna for the Israelites; that provision of food in the wilderness foreshadowed the heavenly bread Jesus would offer.  Jesus is the bread of heaven that can satisfy our deepest hunger.  When we receive the Eucharist, we're united to Christ.  The "one bread provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live in Christ" (Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Eph. 20:2); it's healing for body and soul and strength for our journey.  The feeding of the 5,000 shows God's generosity and kindness. He gives more than we need so we may share with others; he multiplies what we have for others' good....
    • Sunday-trumped saints, thanks to Universalis:  Anne and Joachim, Mary's parents.  May parents rear their children the they can, to meet challenges we have no way of imagining.  See Catholic Encyclopedia on Anne and Joachim.
    Dress legend
    • 'Hand' tie pin:  "The hand of the Lord feeds us"  (psalm)
    • 'Food' tie:  "You give them their food in due season" (psalm); feeding of the 5,000+ (gospel)
    • 'Phone' tie bar:  The Lord is near to all who 'call' on him  (psalm); live worthy of the 'call' you received (2nd reading)
    • 'Clock' tie bar:  Live with patience (2nd reading)
    • 'Bear' tie bar:  'Bear' with one another through love (2nd reading)
    • 'Peace sign" tie bar:  Preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace (2nd reading)
    • One Life LA button:  One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all (2nd reading)
    • '[Kentucky] sign' pin:  Crowd saw the 'signs' he was performing (gospel)
    • 'Fish' tie pin:  "A boy has five loaves and two fish" (gospel)
    • Green shirt:  Grass (gospel), Ordinary Time season

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