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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today and for the next five weeks, the Lectionary puts Mark aside for a
while and focuses on the sixth chapter of St John’s Gospel. This chapter,
which begins with Jesus feeding the 5000, will lead us to reflect on the
Bread of Life. This same story is also told in the other three Gospels with
slight variations.

In John’s Gospel, miracles are referred to as ‘signs’; there are seven in all,
of which today’s is the fourth. Each sign tells us more about who Jesus is
and clearly indicates God’s presence at work amongst the people.
There are several parallels between this story and the Exodus episode of
Moses, with the feeding of the Israelites in the desert.

Source: St Beunos Outreach

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