The 20th Sunday of the Year

Prov 9:1-6 & 12-15; Eph 5:15-20; Jn 6:51-58 (Year B)

We published this column a week early in our August 10 issue. We apologise for the error

“Wisdom has built herself a house, she has laid her table. To the fool she says, ‘Come and eat my bread and drink the wine that I have prepared. Leave your folly and you will live. Walk in the ways of perception.’ ”

The destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile devastated Israel’s surviving remnant. Gone was the self-confidence that had been so neglectful of God’s presence, its place taken by a humility that hungered for the reassurance of God’s presence.

Throughout the Old Testament the prophets responded to this hunger for God. Not only would God restore his people; his salvation would be as a banquet satisfying and going beyond every longing.

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