4th May

Today’s gospel is from the heart of John 6, the Bread of Life discourse. It is copied after the commentary from Irish Catholic Bishops’ website.

Jesus Bread of Life

On a related note I was speaking this morning to some of the children who will be making their first Holy Communion on Sunday May 21. I said that Jesus loves us so much that he doesn’t want to just give us a hug on the outside. Rather, he wants to come INSIDE us and live in our hearts. This is what happens when we receive him in Holy Communion. They seemed to understand well what I was saying. I made the further point that when we receive Jesus in our hearts and souls, they should be spiritually clean. This is why Confession and Holy Communion go together.

Gospel Reflection               Thursday, Third Week of Easter       John 6:44-51

In this morning’s first reading we have a striking example of faith seeking understanding. An Ethiopian officer at the court of the Queen of Ethiopia was on his way from Jerusalem to Gaza. Coming as he was from Jerusalem, he was clearly drawn to the Jewish faith. On his way to Gaza, he sat in his chariot to read from the Jewish Scriptures, the book of Isaiah. He did not understand what he was reading. When one of the early preachers of the gospel, Philip, approached the Ethiopian, he asked Philip to explain to him what he was reading, ‘Tell me, is the prophet referring to himself or someone else?’ Here indeed was faith seeking understanding. Philip’s teaching led to the Ethiopian requesting baptism. When it comes to our faith, there is a great deal to understand. Ultimately, the object of our faith is beyond full human understanding, at least in this life. Yet, the journey of seeking to understand our faith is one we are all invited to set out on. In the gospel reading this morning, Jesus calls on the crowd to hear the teaching of the Father, and to learn from it. Jesus suggests that God is always teaching us and encouraging us to be learners. A little later in that same gospel of John, Jesus declares that, after his death and resurrection, he will send us the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all the truth. As our faith seeks understanding, we are assured of the guidance of the Spirit, without whom true understanding is not possible.

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The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by  The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie
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GOSPEL:                                  John 6:44-51   
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. 

J
esus said to the crowd:

‘No one can come to me
unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me,
and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They will all be taught by God,
and to hear the teaching of the Father,
and learn from it, is to come to me.
Not that anybody has seen the Father,
except the one who comes from God:
he has seen the Father.
I tell you most solemnly,
everybody who believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the desert and they are dead;
but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,
so that a man may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

The Gospel of the Lord.    

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