17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Yr. B July 25 A.D. 2021

2 Kings 4:42-44. The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs – Ps 144(145):10-11, 15-18. Ephesians 4:1-6. John 6:1-15.

You open our desires

Today’s readings call us to wake up, open our eyes and be aware of the generosity of God. Elisha did not give the people strictly-rationed portions: ‘they ate and had some over’.

Jesus looks at the crowd that had gathered to hear him and to be healed. As a sign of the life he brings, Jesus feeds them with the five loaves and two fish, feeds them abundantly. When we attend the Eucharist, Jesus offers us the food that is his body and blood. The Eucharist offers us the opportunity to draw abundant life from him.

It is not easy for us to appreciate the richness and depth of God’s gifts. Too often we are content with our easy-going ways. We pray now and then and we don’t do anyone any harm. But this is not the life Jesus came to give. He calls us to an enthusiastic and ever-growing love of his Father and of other people. How generous and hospitable am I with guests or with people I meet daily? Do I show by my willingness to listen and to talk that my heart is an expanding, Christ-filled one? You give me so much, Lord. Open my heart that I may grow in love of you and love of the many people you put in my path.