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

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Reflection for Sunday August 23, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time; John 6:60-69

Gospel: John 6:60-69
Many of Jesus’disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.” As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.
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Do you believe the claim of Jesus that He is the Bread of Life? Many of the followers of Jesus were scandalized about his pronouncements that He is the Bread of Life. That whoever comes to Him will never hunger or thirst (John 6:35).

So they detached themselves from following Jesus. After which they quickly returned to their former way of life. Perhaps it was a life of sin and emptiness, they chose to regress rather than to progress with Jesus. Why did they walk away? Perhaps it was influenced by their arrogance and unbelief towards Jesus.

Those followers who chose to walk away missed the golden opportunity to know more about Jesus. They also missed the chance to feel and witness more miraculous manifestation from Jesus.

How about you? Are you also walking away from Jesus? Stay with Jesus, never leave Him, always have a connection with Him. It doesn’t matter if it’s a wired or wifi connection for as long as you are always connected with Jesus.

No matter how difficult your present circumstances are right now continue to follow Jesus. Remember that the best is yet to come in your master and follower relationship with Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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