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July 25, 2021: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunny, hot, humid days and pop-up thunderstorms let us know that summer in New Jersey has arrived in full force. But unlike last year, this summer we are able to ‘beat the heat’ somewhat by escaping to the shore or perhaps even the mountains. Best of all, we are able to make our escape with family and friends in person. What a gift to be able to get away, rest and enjoy their company!
In this week’s gospel we hear the familiar story about Jesus’ concern that the thousands of people that followed him didn’t have anything to eat. Can you imagine if you were one of the disciples hearing Andrew say, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish….” Granted he followed up with “...but what good are these for so many?” We all know that the story ends well with everyone having more than enough to eat and even leftovers to take with them for another day and the people in the crowd realizing that Jesus was much more than another man. But who would even begin to think of feeding all those people with so little food?
In reflecting on this week’s gospel and the tremendous impact the sharing of five loaves of bread and two fish had on a thousands of people, let’s remember how different life was this time year and how the willingness of so many to give of their time, talents and moral support had such a positive impact on thousands in need and changed all of us forever. So, as you are enjoying yourselves this summer (and I hope you are) don’t forget to share a kind word, overlook something that usually annoys you or perhaps even give up a parking space to someone with a car full of kids.
It is great continuing to seeso many new faces as well as familiar facesback each weekend. I’m looking forward to fall when we will celebrate together the reopening of our church and all churches in the Archdiocese. In the mean time, enjoy your summer and have fun!
Rev. Marc A. Vicari,
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
— John 3:16