I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, August 13, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for the nineteenth Sunday in ordinary time August 9: John 6:41-51

My Reflections:
The Jews murmured as if doubting or complaining and what were they murmuring about? It was Jesus’ statement that HE is the bread that came down from heaven (John 6:41) they were also mocking HIM when they said: “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, I have come down from heaven (John 6:42)?”

This scene is somewhat the same when Jesus had His homecoming because His town mates were looking down on Him also (Matthew 13:54-58).

The bone of contention of their murmuring was the statement of Jesus that He is the bread that came down from heaven. Perhaps they were murmuring this: How can it be that He is the bread that came down from heaven? The Jews finds it hard to understand or accept what Jesus was saying to them for the reason that they were full of unbelief and scorn towards Jesus.

Our unbelief or shaky faith is the wall that prevents us from truly understanding the real identity of Jesus. On the other hand our firm faith on Jesus is the catalyst that will open our minds regarding HIS true identity. And it is thru the grace of God with the Holy Spirit that we begin to comprehend the real Jesus: HIS Humanity and Divinity.

Without a doubt Jesus is the true bread that came down from heaven. He is the same bread that we receive during Communion when we are at Holy Mass. He is the same Bread that is always in the Blessed Sacrament. We need to believe on it by doing so we open ourselves a gateway to receive further graces from God that will open our hearts about the truths of our faith.

So the secret to full comprehension of Jesus our Bread of Life is to walk with Jesus not with our sight but with our faith.

Why not start faithfully attending the celebration of the Holy Mass as often as you can. Why not try having regular scheduled visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and leave everything to Jesus our True Bread of Life. …

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