Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
The Prophet-King Will Shepherd His People
The people call Jesus “the Prophet who is to come” and plan to carry him off to make him king. The people correctly identify Jesus as the long-awaited Prophet-like-Moses.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
The problem of reverence is nothing new. In the pre-Vatican II church, there were at least some priests who gave Communion as if it were a fast-food option.
John J. Pilch
A Need to Know
The Greek word for “fish” derives from another word that means “food that is cooked and eaten with bread.” The idea is that the fish is not fresh but already prepared, or, more correctly, processed.
Governing the entire universe is a greater miracle than feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread, yet no one marvels at it.
Reginald H. Fuller
We know that at some stage Jesus broke off his Galilean ministry and went to Jerusalem, and in all the Gospels the feeding is a pivotal point in the narrative.