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The Word This Week ~ 3 August 2014

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First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3

The passage from the Prophet Isaiah used in today’s; liturgy is taken from the conclusion of the part traditionally known as the Book of Consolation. There is a promise of abundance of good things from God, not only materially, but also spiritually.

Food and drink are symbols of the everlasting covenant. The invitation is given to turn to the One who can give all things and quench all hunger and thirst.

Second Reading: Romans 8:35, 37-38

In this song of thanksgiving, we hear an expression of the author’s faith. Some verses earlier, the audience have been reminded that the Spirit of God dwells in them; this is a consolation to those who are experiencing persecution because of their faith. In the fullness of his promise, the
disasters of this world do not take us from Christ; death no longer has the final word, in fact it brings us closer to him.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 13-21

The prophecy of the First Reading is fulfilled, as by his actions and words, Jesus calls on the people to come to him and have life. He had touched their hearts as they heard his words; he had opened their minds as they saw his works. In this Gospel passage, we encounter Jesus seeking a quiet place for himself; yet, the crowds hunger so much for him that they
come after him. This is another moment where the people see the love of God made visible in Christ. He commands the disciples to give the people something to eat. Their immediate reaction is negative as they feel helpless with the small quantity of loaves and fish. Yet, at the further
command of Jesus, through his words and actions, helplessness is transformed as the food is multiplied and people’s hunger is satisfied in a moment of love.

Published Fri 1st Aug 2014 13:30:38

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