This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) (Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58)
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “The Book of Proverbs features a fascinating image of God’s wisdom setting before humanity a sumptuous banquet. This is an image of the Church, who sets before the world the life and presence of Christ, a source of nourishment and renewal for the world. The wisdom of Christ is not merely a matter of mind, but a way of life that must be practiced if it is to be appreciated and understood. …”
Fr. Scott Lewis is associate professor of New Testament at Regis College in Toronto. Each week Fr. Lewis writes a short reflection on the upcoming readings in the Catholic Register.
This Sunday: ““The Bible has a master metaphor for describing the blessings of God, especially those blessings that focus on sustenance, transformation and inspiration: good food and fine wine. So much for asceticism! We can only wonder if the metaphor works in an age of fast-food or food of questionable nutritional value. . … “
Fr. Greg Friedman
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
This Sunday: “The hectic pace of modern life often makes mealtimes a hurried event—lunch at one’s desk or fast food eaten on the run, meals worked around the soccer games, with one or more family members absent. Only at big family celebrations like Thanksgiving, anniversaries, or perhaps a summertime picnic, does our meal-sharing bring us together to nourish our spirits and strengthen our relationships……”