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To the people of God and parishioners of
St. Thomas the Apostle Church and St. Patrick Mission

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 Sunday Connection

God speaks to us in many ways, including through the Sunday Scripture readings. The Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday's Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 25, 2021

Background on the Gospel Reading (John 6:1-15)

Today’s Gospel is from St. John’s sixth chapter, parts of which will be read for the next four Sundays. Today’s story is one of the few told by all four Gospels. Its words of Jesus’ taking the bread, giving thanks, and distributing it reflect the Eucharist. The Eucharist is a special kind of bread: one which we need as much for the nourishment of our spiritual life as we need material bread for our bodily life. Gandhi once said, “To the poor man, God does not appear except in the form of bread and the promise of work.” The Eucharist renews the deepest springs of our humanity through bread broken and eaten for the life of the world. The Eucharist makes us companions—literally “bread-sharers”, from the Latin cum and panis. And the miracle of the bread shows God’s abundance, in which we recall the abundant wine at Cana, the abundant water which Jesus promised the Samaritan woman at the well, and the abundance of the Spirit which would be poured out. God’s generosity is a recurring theme throughout the Bible. The Gospel story presents for our consideration three people. There is, first of all, Philip, who lived in the region in which Jesus faced this crowd of thousands. When Jesus asked Philip what to do about feeding the crowd, all Philip could see were the difficulties. A half year’s wages would not buy enough food for each of them to have a little bit. Like some of us, he seemed reluctant to get involved in a problem that looked to big to solve. Andrew knew the logistics, too, but his attitude was a bit more optimistic, pointing to a boy there who had five barley loaves and two fish. Barley was the cheapest kind of bread there was—the bread of the poor. Fish at that time before refrigeration would not last long, and to preserve them one had to pickle or dry them not too long after catching them. It is hard to tell what Andrew had in mind in bringing forward the loaves and fish, but he had faith in Jesus and felt it worthwhile to take a chance. Then there was the boy. Did he, like other boys, run as fast as he could for no reason but to feel the hard ground under his feet? Walk along kicking rocks and dragging a stick, and stomp through puddles in light rain? See no difference between reality and makebelieve, seeing with his heart instead of his head? Did he remind Jesus of his own boyhood? In any case, this boy had either to eat his fish himself, bring them home, or sell them among the crowd. He had the innocence, trust, and openness which were among the qualities that Jesus admired in children. He came forth as bidden and, as far as he knew, if he gave up his food he would not be getting anything back. But he gave his bread and his fish—which, aside from the clothes on his back, were all he had. The story of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes recalls a particular aspect of the Mass. In this miracle, Jesus transforms a young boy’s offering of five barley loaves and two fish. In the offertory at Mass, we present the fruits of our labors, represented by bread and wine. These gifts, given to us first by God as grain and fruit, are returned to God in our offering of thanksgiving. God in turn transforms our gifts, making this bread and wine the very Body and Blood of Jesus. We also offer ourselves in this exchange, and we, too, are transformed by the Eucharist. Jesus provided plenty of food for the crowd with just five barley loaves and two fish. We have faith that Jesus will also take what we have and make it enough to satisfy and fill all our needs.

LITURGY OF THE DAY St. Thomas the Apostle/St. Patrick Mission Website:  

Act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul.  Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen


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From the desk of Fr. Philip.


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