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Study of the Readings

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, ed.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings


The Word Encountered

Kavanaugh, S. J.

This week’s scripture begins a series of Eucharistic controversies that will haunt the Gospels over the next four weeks. I wonder if it is a strategic gift of providence.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The people are fed with bread and fish, John specifies barley loaves. Barley was the most common grain after wheat.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Edith Barnecut, O.S.B., ed.

Commentary: Augustine

Governing the entire universe is a greater miracle than feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread, yet no one marvels at it.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Basically, conversion depends on being met by somebody, not by an idea.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The first part sets forth the unity of Jew and Gentile in the one body, providing a look back at the achievement of the Apostle himself...