#MyMassTakeaway: Women and Children DO Count

Today’s the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 29, 2018

My takeaway:

That time when Jesus fed the 5000?

That’s 5000 men. Not counting women and children.

But Jesus fed them all. Men. Women. Children.


We all count in Jesus’ eyes.

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#MySundayBest – just waiting for my husband to come back with my donuutsss (I had great Mass behavior today 😜). #MyMassTakeaway – Women and children DO count. In the Gospel today Jesus fed 5000. Five thousand men, that is. In those days, women and children didn't count. Literally. So that number only represents the men. A fraction of the crowd that had gathered. When Jesus hears how many hungry people there are, he replies, "Five thousand men?! Plus who *knows* how many women and children?! 😱😱😱". Nope. He purses his lips, bows His head, and says "Get to work, boys!" With a blessing He sends the apostles off to feed those five thousand. Only he doesn't *just* feed five thousand. Because in Jesus' eyes, women and children *DO* count. So Jesus took those five loaves and two fishes and made sure there was enough for all the men. *And* all the women. *And* all the hungry children. And Jesus knows how children are. Because He made sure they'd have leftovers. How can you reach out to those who "don't count" today? All the women, children, elderly, homeless, immigrants. The marginalized. The forgotten. At least pause for a moment to pray. Because Jesus sees them, and He has the heart and power to provide for their needs and more. But then step out and do something. Even if it's something small. A cup of lemonade for your elderly neighbor. A kind smile for the woman hauling her screaming kids around the grocery store. A donation to your local charity. Feed their hearts. Feed their souls. Make sure there's enough love to go around. And some leftovers for later too.

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Thoughts from my blogging friends:

So many people joined the linkup this week!

How about I share my Fave Five? And you can head over to Instagram and follow #MyMassTakeaway to catch the rest.


Kirby reflects about acknowledging God’s blessings in our lives. She encourages us to “gather the scraps.”

I want to gather the scraps.

I want to enjoy every moment of my blessings so that nothing is wasted.


Mary has some encouraging words about giving when we feel inadequate.

It doesn’t matter if my talents are small.

It doesn’t matter if others do something better than me.

God gave me my gifts and talents, and He calls me to give them all back, 100%, no matter how big or how small.

He will do great things with them.



Laura draws on the second reading in her takeaway.

I was taken by St. Paul’s line about God being “over all and through all and in all.” But I didn’t really know where to go with it.

So I’m loving Laura’s thoughts and takeaway from this reading!


Jen and Logan ask what we need to put in our basket, to give to Jesus?

I really loved this visual for myself. I can just see myself arranging my gifts and talents to be a presentable offering for the Lord.

And I think it’s a fun idea for our family! I’d like to try it with the kids this week.


Kate always shares wisdom-filled insights!

Today, she says that sometimes “what we need is the grace to live without.”

Isn’t that so true?

I feel that way right now. We just moved away from all our family and friends. (Not toooo far away, but still…)

And I just know that this is an opportunity for God to step in, and show me what He can do, when I have to do without.

I’m expecting a lot of spiritual and personal growth in the next few years.

And I’m praying for the grace to cooperate in God’s perfect plan for me.


Read and Follow all the reflections on #MyMassTakeaway!

It was harder than I thought to narrow it down to my five favorites.

Make sure you hop on over to Instagram and check out all the posts in the linkup. Follow the hashtag while you’re there.

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