Study, Pray, Serve: 17th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the key themes that surface in the readings for this 17th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – 2nd Kings 4:42-44

  • Chapters 4-6 feature some miracles performed by the prophet Elisha.
  • In this passage, the people have more than enough to eat from 20 barley loaves.

Responsorial Psalm – 145:10-11,15-18

  • “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.”
  • God provides for the needs of the people.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 4:1-6

  • We are urged to live in a virtuous manner of life, worthy of the call we have received.
  • We seek to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.

Gospel – John 6:1-15

  • Jesus meets the physical needs of the people who have been listening to him.
  • Upon the blessing of Jesus, the five loaves and two fish are more than enough for the 5000 people.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year


About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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