17th SUNDAY In ORDINARY TIME

Published on Jul 28th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

‘This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.’ This Proclamation of Faith exclaimed in St. John’s Gospel, sets the scene for the eventual series of events that lead to the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Today, we have left St. Mark’s Gospel to listen to the feeding of the five thousand men who had followed Jesus to such “a far out place.” The miracle of the Loaves and Fish is one most familiar to us and St. John stresses the importance of this sign as a turning point in the ministry of Jesus. We are told that Jesus “retreated/withdrew” to the mountain to pray as he knew that “they were going to come and carry him off to make him king.” (Jn. 6: 14ff)

Our Second Reading, the Letter to the Ephesians, however, directs our attention to how we are to live our lives. We know the story of Jesus; His death and Resurrection, and now we await His return in glory. To sustain the values and the integrity of our calling, we are challenged to not only remain faithful, but also to live lives worthy of this calling. As this is my last week with you, I would like to close with this passage from Ephesians as my farewell to you:

Brothers and sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all,.: (Eph. 4: 1-6)

Please be assured of my prayers as I pray to remain in yours.

God Bless,
Fr. John

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