Study, Pray, Serve: 18th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes that surface in the readings for this 18th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Exodus 16:2-4,12-15

  • The people are hungry in the wilderness, and they are now grumbling against Moses and Aaron.
  • God instructs Moses to prepare the people to receive quail and manna.

Psalm – 78:2-4,23-25,54

  • “The Lord gave them bread from heaven.”
  • The Psalmist recounts the miracle from the Book of Exodus, highlighting God’s abundant goodness.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 4:17,20-24

  • The people are called to put away the corruption and deceit of their former way of life.
  • They seek God’s way in righteousness and truth as they put on the new self in Christ.

Gospel – John 6:24-35

  • Jesus responds to the questions of the people, including their request for a work of God that they can do.
  • Jesus teaches them to believe in him – the one sent from God – and the Lord then states that he is the bread of life.

Mass Readings – 18th 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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