LISTEN: Reflection for the Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

It is easy to hear the words “bread” and “eat” and think that the Gospel is all about food… physical eating. This week’s Scriptures are not about physical hunger at all, we have to see the deeper meaning. What we see in the Scriptures – at face value – is seldom what we get, we must always look deeper.

That is the question which we are being asked to ponder this week: “What are we missing, what don’t we get?”

There are three things that these texts suggest: i) look at your deepest hungers or desires; ii) that bread has a double meaning – we are nourished by the bread of life and, in turn, are invited to nourish others as the bread of life; and, iii) the bread of life invites us to be transformed and in so doing take on a new identity.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Scriptures for the Eighteenth Sunday of the Year.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 77; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; & John 6:24-35

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church. @rpollittsj
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