Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Kings 4:42-44 | Ps. 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18 | Eph. 4:1-6 | Jn. 6:1-15

Paul calls us to live a life worthy of our calling, to live with humility and gentleness, patience and unity in the Spirit. He reminds us that there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God over all, through all and in all. The first reading and the Gospel give examples of living in this manner. Both readings show how the food that is given to the service of God and people will be used by God to fill and take care of others despite our belief that the quantity is not enough. If we believe in God, God will use what we have and bring about good to feed others. God invites us today to reflect on the gifts we have been given and to use them in service of others doing so with humility, i.e., knowing that these gifts have come from God, not ourselves. If we do so, God will use those gifts to bring about good for others.

Today think about the gifts you have. Include the gifts of money, health, possessions, as well as spiritual and psychological gifts. How can you use these gifts for others? Make a decision to do so. God will multiply the use of these gifts on behalf of others.

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