Reflection for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time…August 1, 2021

By Cathy Leak, Notre Dame Associate and Gary Leak

Ex 16: 2-4; 12-15

Ps78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54

Eph 4: 17, 20-24

John 6: 24-35

The Israelite community was scornful of the prophets for a lack of food. God told Aaron and Moses to tell His people that God would provide meat and bread for them but Israel lost faith in God. In response, God opened the skies and food rained down on them, in spite of their apostasy. God is faithful to us, even when we are not faithful to Him.

In the Ephesians verses we are called to become a new person and put away the old one that was formed by corrupt, earthly desires. Your new self will take the path of holiness in fidelity to the Lord.

Jesus explains to those who seek truth that God will provide food for life, but not physical food, instead the food that endures forever, belief in Jesus as Son of God who gives life to the world.

What changes do we need to make in order to put on a new life in Christ?