Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“They will eat and have some left over.”

We begin a series of readings from the Gospel of John Chapter 6 this week. “The Bread of Life discourse” is the Lord’s teaching on the gift of the Eucharist. Today it begins with the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Jesus shows his concern for the people, satisfying their hunger. The people respond by wanting to make Jesus king. We too are invited to let the Lord rule our hearts.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.



‘Give it to the people to eat,’ Elisha said. But his servant replied, ‘How can I serve this to a hundred men?’ ‘Give it to the people to eat’ he insisted ‘for the Lord says this, “They will eat and have some left over.” He served them; they ate and had some over, as the Lord had said. (2 Kings 4:42-44)

  • Have you ever been asked to do something you thought impossible?
  • Have you ever been surprised by an outcome you weren’t expecting?
  • Reflect on God’s generosity in your life.
  • Listen to what the Lord is saying to you.



You open wide your hand O Lord, and grant our desires. (Psalm 144:16)

  • What is your heart’s desire?
  • When have your prayers been answered?
  • Ask the Lord to grant your heart’s desire?
  • Listen to the generous Lord.



He is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts. (Psalm 144: 18)

  • When have you been aware of the closeness of the Lord?
  • How is your heart part of your prayer?
  • Call on the Lord now from your heart?
  • Listen to the Lord who is close to you now.



Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. (Ephesians 4:2-3)

  • How you bear with other people?
  • Charitable, selfless, gentle and patient. How far do these describe your dealings with others?
  • Who do you need to preserve unity with?
  • Listen to the Lord who gives you the Spirit.



It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover. Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ (John 6:4-5)

  • What is the significance of this happening at Passover?
  • Reflect on the concern that Jesus shows for the people.
  • How do you show your concern for others?
  • Listen to the Lord who shows his concern for you.



‘Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many? Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down. (John 6:8-10)

  • What is it that you have brought to the Lord?
  • Can you identify other people’s gifts and invite them to share?
  • What seems impossible to you right now?
  • Listen to the Lord who knows what you need.



The Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; then he did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. (John 6:11)

  • Jesus ‘took’ the loaves. What does he take from you?
  • Jesus ‘gave thanks’. What are you giving thanks for?
  • Jesus ‘gave them’. What is Jesus asking you to give?
  • Listen to the Lord who gives as much as is wanted.

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