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

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Reflection for Sunday August 9, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time; John 6:41-51

Gospel: John 6:41-51
The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven, ” and 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’?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
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How can Jesus be the bread that gives life? This is very hard to believe for a non-believer. But for those who believe they know that Jesus indeed is the Bread of Life.

The Jews were protesting about Jesus’ pronouncement that He is the Bread of Life that came down from heaven (John 6:41). They know Jesus pretty well as the son of Joseph and Mary, some of them perhaps grew with Him.  How could then He become the Bread of Life?  

Faith and actual experience is what moves us to believe this sacred declaration of Jesus that He is the Bread that gives life. Why do we yearn to receive Jesus during Holy Communion? Because our love and faith in Jesus pushes us to do so.

Everytime we submit to the desire of our faith in Jesus to partake of Him during the Sacrament of Holy Communion/Eucharist. We also obey Jesus’ desire to dwell in us and to be with us. The Jews did not submit themselves to this desire of Jesus that’s why they did not believe Him.

Each and every one of us goes through an extra-ordinary experience whenever we partake of Jesus’ Body and blood. Many of us do not notice this extra-ordinary experience anymore for the simple reason that we treat this experience as an ordinary experience.  
Whenever we receive The Body and Blood of Jesus it’s not us who desire to be one with our Lord and Master. It is Jesus our Lord and Master who desires to be one with Him. It’s Jesus who calls each and every one of us to receive Him so that He could dwell in us and in the process He could transform and bless us.

What then is your responsibility? You have to share the miracle of the Bread of Life; you have to share what you know about Jesus no matter how limited and you have to allow Jesus to transform you according to His will. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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