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Wisdom’s Meal

August 19, 2018

Today’s first reading personifies Wisdom as a woman who invites people to a feast, lavishly offering food and wine. In today’s Psalm, we echo that invitation: “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” But to join the banquet of the Lord, we need to turn away from other food. We spend our whole lives eating from troughs that never satisfy our hunger – wealth, power, pleasure, honor. But in John 6, which is today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us to feed on himself, Wisdom incarnate, the only food that will ultimately fulfill our hunger.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm – Psalm 34:2-7
Reading 2 – Ephesians 5:15-20
Gospel – John 6:51-58