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Theology for the common man

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Sunday, August 02, 2020

The antiphon of today’s Psalm: “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs,” reminds us about the goodness of God, who takes care of everything; all of what we really need for our life. The people who do not believe in this caring of God are blind, believing that everything is an accident or predestination; not relating it with God but rather with fate. As we can see it has to be by faith to say that God takes care about the world. This Sunday's reading emphasizes it when they ask us to concentrate on our life, on the important matters, on the real needs of life, on those things that gives us a deeper meaning in God. The Prophet Isaiah encourages everyone to come to God’s source when they are thirsty and hungry, even if they have no money, to be fed by Him with milk and wine not paying for them. He reproaches the people for spending time and money for absurdity (rubbish), for things other than bread, for wasting their work to gain something which does not feed them. The reason is because there is no relationship with God in their lives. St. Paul remarks how different the world would be when we take all adversities of this world, which happened to us, should have been in relation with God in Jesus Christ: “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him (Jesus) who loved us”, who is God – man, who feeds the multitudes and is a response to all human questions regarding the meaning of life.