July 29, 2018 Sunday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time-B

2 Kings 4:42-44

Psalm 145

Ephesians 4:1-6

John 6:1-15

…you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living being.  Ps. 145:16

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish…” John 6:9

Lord, this young boy had no idea what you would do with the small offering of his lunch.  You, no doubt, were very pleased with him as he gave you what little he had.  The physical hunger of the crowd was satisfied to the amazement of your disciples and the people who had come to you.  There were even baskets full of leftovers.    Lord, I often feel I have so little to offer to you and that my efforts and gifts are small in relation to the hungers of the world.  Today at Holy Mass throughout the world you will accept our gifts of bread and wine and satisfy our hunger for you.  You will give yourself to us completely.  We could ask for nothing more.  You are the desire of my life.  When you feed me with yourself I can become your hands, your feet, and your eyes in my part of the world.  You can multiply my small efforts, make effective my humble gifts and work wonders beyond belief.   Lord, heal my skepticism and my weak faith.  Help me to look for and to expect great things when I give you all I have.  Amen