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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

The Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6, Part 1)


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The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B is a very significant Sunday because it marks an interruption in our semicontinuous reading through the Gospel of Mark and the insertion of a very important chapter from the Gospel of John, that is the famous chapter called the Bread of Life Discourse from John 6. If you've ever studied anything about the Eucharist you’ll know that John 6 is one of the central passages in the entire Bible that teaches us about the reality and the mystery of Christ's presence in the Eucharist. So what the church does, this is very important, is during Year B she takes five weeks off from focusing on the Gospel of Mark and instead uses five Sundays in a row to walk step-by-step through the account of Jesus' actions in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, beginning with today's gospel which is the feeding of the 5000. So for the next five Sundays what I want you to do is just pay close attention to the significance of these Gospel readings and I think you'll see as we move through the next five Sundays why the church thinks that these passages are so important that every third year, when we’re studying the Gospel of Mark, she interrupts that gospel to focus our attention on one of the foundational texts in the New Testament for our belief in the Eucharist, which is the source and the summit of the Christian life. Alright so just keep your eye out for that...


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