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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time A
August 3, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

The Higher Love

Christian faith is not primarily about something we do for God. It is about what God does for and in us. It is not so much an account of human aspiration as it is a revelation of divine desire.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Two Banquets

Contemporary, scientifically minded, rationalist American believers are skeptical about a multiplication of loaves. ... There is no way for us to reconstruct this historical event, but there is sufficient evidence to confirm that it really happened.


Thoughts from the
Early Church


He awakened our desire by things pleasing to the palate in order to draw us to that which gives life to the soul. He gave a sweet taste to the wine he created to show how great is the treasure hidden in his life-giving blood.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The feeding of the multitude occurs more frequently than any other episode in the four Gospels—six times in all. This testifies to its importance for the early community, an importance due to its connection with the Eucharist.