Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B / Sunday, July 25, 2021

This Sunday’s Readings: 

2 Kings 4:42–44

Psalm 145:10–11, 15–16, 17–18 (see 16)

Ephesians 4:1–6

John 6:1–15

TODAY WE SHIFT TO JOHN’S GOSPEL FOR A SERIES OF SUNDAY REFLECTIONS ON THE BREAD OF LIFE. We will hear these passages as eucharistic, leading us perhaps to focus primarily on Communion. However, John is always inviting us, in the words of the Dameans, to “look beyond the bread you eat… beyond the cup you drink.” We should expect this from the Gospel in which the Last Supper has neither bread nor wine but only a basin and a towel.

John’s Christological question is not “What is the bread of life?” but “Who is Jesus?” Over the next five Sundays (with a Marian solemnity interjecting on the fourth), Jesus’s identity will gradually be revealed: from “the Prophet” to “the bread of life” then “the living bread that came down from heaven” to finally “the Son of Man ascending” back to the Father.

Today’s miraculous feeding ends with the crowd wanting to make Jesus a king who provides for their physical need, like the prophet Moses did in the desert. Aren’t we tempted to do that too sometimes? “If I just pray hard enough, God will provide.” “If I believe, there will be a cure.” Jesus can certainly do all this, but he is more than the miracles we desire. Like the crowd, do we follow Jesus because of signs? Or does our faith go deeper?

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

GIA Hymnal Suggestions
WLP Resource Suggestions

Choral Suggestions:

All Who Hunger

Words by Sylvia Dunstan / Music by Bob Moore

G-9539 · SATB, piano

We Are One

Chris de Silva

G-7060 · SATB, solo, assembly, piano, guitar, opt. instruments


“Take the gospel to the world” 

Receiving and giving. Food and fed. Those pairs of words can almost sound like opposites, or, at the very least, different realities and roles. In the Eucharist, though, we become what we receive. We are fed by Jesus’ body and blood and thus we become food for the world. We become one in body and one in spirit with all those we encounter, united by Christ. How will our true belief in the Real Presence be made manifest this week as we “take the gospel to the world” and answer God’s call to end division and choose compassion in all we do? 

–Jennifer Odegard

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Arranged by Nathan Carter

G-5590 · SATB, alto solo, piano, opt. instruments

Within the Reign of God

Marty Haugen

G-4963 · SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar, C instrument

People of Hunger

Tony Alonso

G-5604 · SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar, opt. flute

More choral suggestions for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time…


A New Passover  Paul Nienaber, SJ, & Jonathan Kohrs  Two-part mixed choir, C instrument, keyboard  008924

All Who Enter Here  John Angotti & Daniel Houze  SATB, cantor, assembly, guitar, keyboard  007953

Bread Broken and Given  Trevor Thomson & Pasquale Talarico  SATB, cantor, assembly, guitar, keyboard  008064

Bread to Share  Marty Haugen SATB, cantor, assembly. piano, guitar G-4279

Dos Cantos para las Procesiones/Two Processional Songs  Pedro Rubalcava  Two- or three-part choir, cantor, descant, assembly, opt guitar, opt keyboard 012531

Great Is Thy Faithfulness  William Runyan, arr. Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory  SATB, Children’s Choir, piano  G-6097

Gusten y Vean/Taste and See: Salmo 34(33)  Pedro Rubalcava  Cantor, SATB, assembly, guitar, keyboard  012608

I Am the Bread of Life  Tom Kaczmarek Three-part choir, cantor, assembly, 2 C instruments, guitar, keyboard  008360

O Living Bread from Heaven  Arr. Gary Matheny  SB, organ G-2960

Pan del Cielo/Bread of Heaven  Eleazar Cortés, arr. Jeffrey Honoré & Peter Kolar Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, opt. marimba, guitar, keyboard 012643

The Hand of the Lord Feeds Us  Steven R. Janco  SATB, cantor, assembly, flute, guitar, keyboard 005246