Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Exodus 16.2-4, 12-15

The whole congregation of the children of Israel
murmured in the desert
against Moses and against Aaron.
The children of Israel said to them,
“We wish that we had died
by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt,
as we sat by the meat pots and ate our fill of bread,
for you have brought us out into this wilderness,
to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses,
“Behold, I will rain bread from the sky for you,
and the people shall go out and gather
a day’s portion every day,
that I may test them,
whether they will walk in my law, or not.

I have heard the murmurings
of the children of Israel.
Speak to them, saying,
‘At evening you shall eat meat,
and in the morning you shall be filled with bread,
and you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

In the evening, quail came up and covered the camp,
and in the morning the dew lay around the camp.
When the dew had gone, behold,
on the surface of the desert
was a small round thing,
small as the frost on the ground.
When the children of Israel saw it,
they said to one another, “What is it?”
For they did not know what it was.
Moses said to them,
“It is the bread which the Lord
has given you to eat.”

Responsorial – Psalm 78.3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 Resp. 24b

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

What we have heard and known,
and our fathers have told us,
we will not hide from their children but tell to the generation to come
the praises of the Lord, his strength,
and his wondrous deeds which he has done.

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

He commanded the skies above,
and opened the doors of heaven.
He rained down manna on them to eat,
and gave them food from the sky.

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Man ate the bread of angels.
He sent them food to the full.
He brought them to the border of his sanctuary,
to this mountain which his right hand had won.

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Reading 2 – Ephesians 4.17, 20-24

Brothers and sisters:
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that you no longer walk as the rest
of the Gentiles still walk,
in the futility of their minds.

But you did not learn Christ that way;
if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him,
even as truth is in Jesus:
that you put away,
as belonging to your former way of life,
the old human,
that grows corrupt after desires for lies;
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
and put on the new human,
who in the likeness of God has been created
in righteousness and holiness of truth.

Gospel – John 6.24-35

When the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples,
they themselves got into boats,
and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the sea,
they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I tell you,
you seek me, not because you saw signs,
but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for the food which perishes,
but for the food which remains to eternal life,
which the Son of Human will give to you.
For God the Father has sealed him.”

So they said to him,
“What must we do, to do works of God?”
Jesus answered them,
“This is the work of God:
that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
So the crowd said to Jesus,
“What then do you do for a sign,
that we may see and believe you?
What do you do?
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness.
As it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”

So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I tell you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread out of heaven,
but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.
For the bread of God is that which
comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”
So they said to him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will not hunger,
and he who believes in me will never thirst.”

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