Recognizing God’s Love

Readings for August 3, 2014 — 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:1-3; Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18; Romans 8:35, 37-39; Matthew 14:13-21

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • The first reading asks us the question, “Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy?” Do you sometimes feel that you spend your resources in a wasteful manner? What are some things that you spend time and money on that are unsatisfying and unfulfilling? How can you make better use of your time and money to grow spiritually?

  • The message in the second reading is a familiar one: nothing can separate us from the love of God. No matter how hard we try to pull away, God will never stop loving us. What are some of the things that you feel separate you from recognizing God’s love for you? Think about the things that make you feel both farthest from and closest to God. Why?

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus performs a miracle with the bread and fish the disciples offered him. The portions were small and unable to feed the large crowds, but Jesus was able to work with what he was given and fed all the people. Although a small offering, the disciples handed it over to the Lord. Think of some things in your life that may be small but troublesome in your life. What can you offer up for God to transform into something better?