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

This weekend’s Old Testament Reading from 2 Kings is a fitting prelude to St John’s Gospel version of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. The author of Kings tells us about one of Elisha’s servants who doubts that 20 loaves of barley is enough to feed 100 people. Elisha, however, trusts the promise of the Lord and overrules his servant. The miracle vindicates Elisha’s trust. In the Gospel Jesus feeds a multitude – not 1oo but 5000!

There are four lessons that we are taught in the texts we hear this weekend: how to be generous, cooperative, give the little we have because God works with what we have and not what we think we should have, and finally, to check up on our own wasteful habits and lifestyles that need conversion.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Scriptures for the Seventeenth 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:

2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 144; Ephesians 4:1-6; & John 6:1-15

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
B.A. (UNISA) B.D. (Urbaniana) M.Th. (UKZN)

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.

r.pollitt@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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