Hunger draws us to the table

 
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18th Sunday, based on Matthew 14:13-21

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Mary Jean Traeger, O.P.

Mary Jean is a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois. She holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies and a Certificate in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

She has been promoter of preaching, national convener of the U.S. Dominican Promoters of Preaching, and vice-president of the Catholic Coalition on Preaching. She sits on the board of the Parable Conference.

Having completed two terms as Prioress General of the Springfield Dominicans, she now ministers as parish life coordinator at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Springfield, Illinois.