Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

John 6:44-51

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2018 Thursday of week 3 of Easter – Gospel

Commentary on John 6:44-51

We continue to read John’s sixth chapter about Jesus as the Bread of Life. Today’s passage largely repeats what has been said already but at the end a new element is introduced.

Jesus reminds us that it is not we who find Jesus but rather it is the Father who finds us and leads us to Jesus as the Way to God. Here Jesus quotes from the Old Testament: “They shall all be taught by God.” Words to be found in Isaiah (54:13) and reminiscent of Jeremiah: “I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts” (31:33-34).

We see a lovely instance of that in the First Reading today about the eunuch who was led to Jesus by Philip the deacon. What was important here was the readiness and openness of the eunuch to be drawn to the truth.

Jesus again repeats that he is the Bread of Life, using that formal expression ‘I AM’ which points to divine origin. Unlike the manna that the Jews’ ancestors ate in the desert, this Bread comes directly from God and whoever eats it will live forever. Jesus’ challengers were asking for a sign like manna but Jesus says that it did not give real life – those who ate it have all died. The Bread that Jesus will give will bring a never-ending life to those who eat it.

Jesus is the Living Bread because he is the very Word of God and because he offers up his Body and Blood in a sacrifice of love bringing life to the whole world.

And this Bread is his flesh, life-giving flesh. This flesh will be given for the life of the world – a looking forward to Calvary. Giving eternal life will cost the human life of the Giver.

) introduces the link between Eucharist and Incarnation. Jesus is the Word made flesh and that Word is the food that we all need to ‘eat’. To ‘eat’ here, while involving actual eating and drinking, really points to the total assimilation into oneself and into a gathered community of the very Spirit of Jesus.xrasWith these words the chapter moves into its eucharistic meaning. The word ‘flesh’ (sarx,

The Eucharist, as we shall see tomorrow, is the great sign of the Christian community by which we both affirm and celebrate our union with Jesus. By our eating of the bread-that-is-flesh we affirm our total adhesion to all that Jesus is and stands for.

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Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

John 6:44-51

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2018 Reflection – April 19, 2018

Jonathan Lewis ’10 M.A.Theo. 

Familiarity breeds contempt.

This is true in today’s Gospel. Jesus’ followers struggle to believe something new about him because they know him. “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?” they ask in the verses before this passage. “Do we not know his father and mother?” Their small-minded questions prompt Jesus’ reply here.

We too can take Jesus for granted in our familiarity of knowing how the Scripture story ends and continues on 2,000 years later. We read this passage from John and immediately recognize Jesus teaching about the resurrection of the body, his role as mediator between God and humanity, his suffering on the cross, and the Eucharist. Easy.

For his Jewish audience, though, none of these connections are apparent. Jesus is teaching his disciples something new, and he awakens us all to a new way of thinking—a Christian imagination. Jesus invites us to redraw the landscape of our own worldview to see beyond the material, beyond our memories and our expectations. He invites us to place him as the lens through which we see new possibilities, healing, and renewed hope.

Jesus shatters the worldview of his Jewish listeners by showing the limitation of one of the most important miracle stories in all of Judaism: God sending manna in the desert. Jesus starkly reminds them that “your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.”

What limitations does Jesus intend to shatter in our lives?

Jesus promises to them and to us something unheard of: I am living bread. If you eat me you will live forever. My flesh is true food. Jesus’ disciples don’t understand what he meant. As we see later in this chapter, some stay and others leave him as a result of this hard teaching.

We cannot fully understand the promise of eternal life and the mystery of the Eucharist, but what if we tried? How would we live differently? What new possibilities might we imagine when we are united to Jesus Christ in this way?

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John 6:44-51

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Drawn to Jesus

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Jesus said to the crowds: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day.”  John 6:44

This Scripture passage reveals to us a wonderful spiritual principle we need to understand and live if we are to grow close to God.  It’s the principle of being drawn to Jesus by the Father.

First of all, it’s important to understand the first part of what Jesus says: “No one can come to me unless…”  This tells us that coming to Jesus in faith, growing in that faith, and growing in our love of God is not something we can do on our own.  Coming to faith is a response to God’s action in our life.

This is important to understand if we wish to establish an authentic relationship with Christ because it reveals to us the fact that we have to let God take the first step in that relationship.  When we let Him do this, it’s our responsibility to then respond.

Of course this does not mean we just sit back in a passive way waiting for God to reach out.  God is constantly reaching out, constantly speaking and constantly drawing us to Himself.  So our first responsibility is to tune into His gentle “wooing.”  This comes in the form of gentle promptings of grace inviting us to turn more completely to Him and to surrender more fully each and every day.

In our busy world it’s so very easy to let ourselves become distracted by the many competing voices.  It’s easy to hear the pulling, and even pushing, of the world and all its enticements.  The world has become quite good at penetrating our short attention spans and offering quick satisfactions that ultimately leave us empty.

But God’s voice and His invitation are quite different.  They are found in interior silence.  However, we need not be in a monastery in order to achieve this interior silence.  Rather, it’s achieved by faithful periods of prayer each day, and a formed habit of turning to God in all things.  It’s achieved when we respond to God’s calling, and then do it again, and again, and so forth.  This builds a habit of being drawn, hearing, responding and being drawn in even closer so as to respond again.

Reflect, today, upon how well you listen to God.  Try to find at least a few minutes (or more) of silence today.  Close your eyes and listen.  Listen to God speaking to you.  When He draws you, respond to Him with much generosity.  This is the best choice you can make each day!

Lord, please draw me in, draw me close and help me to recognize Your voice.  As I hear You calling, help me to respond to You with much generosity.  My life is Yours, dear Lord.  Help me to desire You all the more.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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John 6:44-51

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2017 PAMALANDONG Mayo 4, 2017 @JUAN 6:35-40. NGANONG GITAWAG MAN NI HESUS ANG IYANG KAUGALINGON NGA “PAGKAON SA KINABUHI”? Ang pagkaon importante sa kinabuhi sa tawo tungod kay maghatag man kinig nutrisyon, kusog ug kabaskog. Kon wala ang pagkaon, ang tawo dili mabuhi. Apan unsa man ang kinabuhi? Sa pagtulon-an ni Kristo, ang kinabuhi dili lamang lawasnon o kalibotanon. Ang tinuod nga kinabuhi mao ang kinabuhi nga nahilambigit sa Dios, nga maoy sinugdanan ug tag-iya sa tanan. Ang tawo nga puno sa kinabuhi mao siya nga adunay maayong relasyon uban sa Dios. Kini maoy atong makab-ot kon kita modawat ug mosunod kang Kristo, ang Pagkaon sa Kinabuhi. Nindot ang caption nga nag-ingon: “A doctor can save your life. A lawyer can defend your life. A soldier can give you a peaceful life. But only Jesus can grant you an everlasting life.” Abet Uy

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Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

John 6:44-51

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2016 April 14, 2016

REFLECTION: Most Christians, when they hear the expression “eternal life,” spontaneously think of a life which will last forever, since the dictionary definition of eternal is “lasting forever” (Collins). But in John’s gospel the expression “eternal life” refers less to duration (no limit in time) as to quality (somehow pertaining to God’s nature). Here a footnote of the New Jerusalem Bible explains the word “eternal” thus: “a word which denotes a quality properly divine which puts this life beyond what is corporeal, beyond time and beyond measure… it is promised to believers (cf. 2 Cor 4:18), but already given to them… It will be completed by the resurrection” (footnote j on Jn 3:15).

In other words, even in this life the true believers in Christ live a life of intimacy with Christ which is quite unique and which is a source of deep peace, contentment—and even joy. And this intimacy only deepens with time. So much so that, when death comes, the true believers are not surprised to find themselves in the arms of God, because they always knew in the depth of their hearts that faith had already placed them there…

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2017 May 04, 2017

Jesus is the bread of the Father, freely given and shared to all. This bread came down from heaven in obedience to the Father so that the world hungry for God would finally have its fill. We can say that Jesus is a type of bread that attracts a particular type of hunger. For not all hunger are alike. It is no wonder that this unique bread of the Father is rejected by many. He is not what they need but something else. Or sometimes they plainly do not know what to make up of their hunger. They do not know what would fill them. It is thus that Jesus speaks of the Father teaching people instructing them and making them aware of their needs. These are the ones who go to Jesus. These are the ones who will find eternal life. And so, ”if today you hear His voice, harden not your heart.” (Ps. 95, 1)

Source: schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/3874-may-04-2017

2018 April 19, 2018

HE CONTINUED ON HIS WAY FULL OF JOY

The Ethiopian Eunuch shares with us the astonishing feeling of joy that he felt after his baptism. Most of us were baptized as babies and our baptism is not the sign of some conversion but a social ritual for many. Somehow if this ritual will be what it is meant to be we have somehow at some time in our lives experience personal conversion. There has to be a personal decision to believe in Jesus Christ and his teachings. Those of us who have experienced such a spiritual experience even in a very fleeting way can understand the overwhelming joy of the Ethiopian. Such an experience cannot but result in some form of transformation in our lives and will give meaning to the many religious practices that we do – like going to Mass, praying the rosary, etc. The strong emotion of our experience might fade but our memory of the experience will give us strength to face all that will come into our life.

Source: schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/4229-april-19-2018

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John 6:44-51

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2016 THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER

Thursday, April 14

Acts 8:26-40; Jn 6:44-51

New Manna

When Israelites left Egypt, they were not having a trained army but were a group who were trained only to make bricks. Still they were successful in conquering the people whoever they faced in their journey to Canaan, and ultimately the Canaan itself. It was because they had the Arc of the Covenant with them. They had carried it to all the battlefields and they were successful. The arc of the Covenant simply held a piece of manna, the Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant. The very presence of the Arc of the Covenant that held manna gave extreme power to the Israelites.

Today Jesus offers new manna that is his body itself. In the Old Testament, both the manna and one who ate it had perished (v.49). But the new manna is the very flesh of Jesus Christ, the son of God (v.51). This bread is both living and life giving. And we call it Eucharist.

Eucharist is not the symbolic presence of Jesus. It is Jesus veiled under the appearance of bread, but really and physically present in the consecrated Host, so that he dwells in our midst. The saints had realised the power of the Eucharist in their lives. That is why St. Padre Pio told “This world may exist a day without sun, but not without Eucharist.”

If we realise the power of the Eucharist, the new manna, it can become the life juice in us just as the wine branches have, it can become the guiding force in our life just as Israelites had cloud of fire, it can become life saving power just as Prophet Elijah had the bread in the desert (I Kg19:4-8).

Let’s love the Eucharist and experience it so that it becomes the source and summit of our Christian life (Sacrosanctum Concilium,the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy by Vat II). Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI

Source: navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2016-04-14

2017 Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

Act 8: 26-40; Ps 65: 8-9, 16-17, 20; Jn 6: 44-51

Evangelization in a Multi-religious Society

The story of an Ethiopian official becoming a disciple of Jesus by accepting baptism from Philip gives a few insights how evangelization can be carried out in a multi-religious and multi-cultural context of India.  An article, Why Christianity failed in India, in Outlook Magazine April 13, 2015 by Tony Joseph shows how Christianity could not make any progress in terms of numbers during the last 2000 years. The percentage of Christians in fact decreased from 2.6 in 1971 to 2.3 in 2001 and it may further be reduced when the figures of 2011 Census are out. The author says, few regions in the world have provided Christianity as much freedom to tell its story and propagate itself as India, and in no other country has Christianity tried to spread its message so hard and for so long for nearly 2,000 years to be specific which is about half as long as Indian civilisation itself.

The author points out the main reasons for the stagnancy of Christianity in India in terms of numbers. Christianity, probably for the first time, came up against a philosophy and culture that did not feel the need to persecute other faiths, did not find the Christian messiah and his teachings either objectionable or exceptional, and therefore, didn’t see why anyone should convert either. This embrace-cum-rejection was such a novel experience for it that Christianity probably didn’t know quite how to respond.

Christianity should have focused more on sharing the values of Jesus than the efforts to increase the number. The followers of Jesus could have shown their Hindu brethren the Christian values latent in the various Indian traditions after studying them carefully. Presenting the values and teachings of Jesus in the western grab was another serious failure of the Western as well as the Indian missionaries in the past. Even today the Christians, especially the Catholic Church, has a great opportunity to share the message of Jesus by making use of its thousands of schools spread throughout the country. There are amble opportunities for sharing with the children and their parents the core values of Christ, Forgiveness, Compassion, Sensitivity, and Respect for the human persons etc. using innovative methods. The priests and religious in India should give up the old practice of taking compulsorily the non-Christian children of the boarding houses and hostels for Christian prayers and Holy Mass. This has not produced any good results. On the contrary some children become reactionaries when they grow up and the Hindu fundamentalist organizations make use of them as hate campaigners against Christians. The Indian missionaries also should learn to separate what is the essence of Christianity from the non-essentials like rituals and present them using the Indian cultural idioms. The increasing attacks by the Hindutva forces on the Christians should help the followers of Jesus in India to introspect and give up the religious and cultural practices that are not essential to Christianity and adopt new practices which are in tune with the Indian tradition.  Fr. Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI

Source: navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2017-05-4

2018 Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20; GospelJN 6:44-51

Living Bread

Jesus says, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live for ever.” What does it really mean? Is it merely the eating of the wafer thin bread at the Eucharist? Do we honestly believe that eating this bread occasionally will keep us alive for ever? I don’t think so. Then what does eating this bread essentially mean and how can we explain this to ordinary Christians. Eating this bread means participating in the very life of Jesus. If we live the very kind of life Jesus lived we will live as Jesus lives today. This is a big challenge. Participating in the Eucharist is easy – eating the Eucharistic bread is easy, but to live like Jesus is hard. The moment we try to live like Jesus we are called to die – die to our selfishness and pride. This calls for total self emptying. We can make the Eucharist ‘interesting’ with beautiful hymns, entrance dance, arathi etc. but at the end of it all we find a kind of emptiness within us. It is only when I resolve to break my body and shed my blood for my brothers and sisters that I begin to live the life of Jesus. And this is eternal life. Fr. Mathew C SVD

Source: navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2018-04-19

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John 6:44-51

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2014 My Reflection for Thursday May 8, Third Week of Easter; John 6:44-51 – Reflection: Why are we afraid to die? There are many reasons why we are afraid to die, foremost amongst these reasons is we are not prepared yet. We still have our own worldly preoccupation that we must take care of first. But we all know that at a time that we don’t expect, the grim reaper will eventually stalk us until it gets us.

In today’s gospel Jesus gives us an iron clad protection against our fear of death. He enjoins us to regularly partake of the living bread that is available to us during Holy Communion no other than Himself. This is the same bread that is given to those who are sick and not anymore able to go to church for Holy Mass.

Why don’t we try to regularly partake of His Body during Holy Communion? And see how it will form, change and make us fearless of mortal death. We will not die anymore if we are with Jesus and we will not fear death anymore if we reverently partake of Him during Holy Communion.

Let us therefore bring others to Holy Mass and let us also be on the lookout for those who are not anymore able to go to church for Holy Mass caused by their sickness. So that they will also be blessed, nourished and enlightened by the enormous blessing of the Body of Jesus Christ.

Have you been able to bring someone to church for Mass? Have you been an instrument for the sick who are not anymore capable to go to church, so that they too could receive the Body of Christ in their house? (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

Source: mjdasma.blogspot.com/2014/05/my-reflection-for-thursday-may-8-third.html

2015 Reflection for April 23, Thursday of the Third Week of Easter; John 6:44-51 Reflection: How could you have eternal life?  You have to regularly receive the Body of Christ at Holy Mass. Always receive it with reverence and piety never think of it as a simple bread. Because what you receive is Jesus Himself.

Just imagine the enlightenment and unfathomable blessing that it will bring you if you would always partake of the body of Christ. Just imagine the countless spiritual blessing that it would bring you if you would believe that Jesus is the Consecrated Host that you receive during Holy Communion.

Your belief and faith in the bread of life will open your mind to the many truths about Jesus. Things that are hard to explain but is real and felt by the heart, all you have to do is to believe and have faith.

For without faith and belief you will not fully comprehend how this small bread becomes the body of Jesus after it is consecrated by the priest. How this small bread becomes your life and your reason for existing in this world.

Don’t wait for a Eucharistic miracle to happen before you believe for it may not happen in your lifetime. Believe now and have faith now in the bread of life. Which is Jesus Himself and you yourself will become a living and breathing miracle for those who know you. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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2016 Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Reflection for April 14, Thursday of the Third Week of Easter; John 6:44-51

Reflection: Why are we afraid to die?

There are many reasons why we are afraid to die; foremost amongst these reasons is we are not prepared yet. We still have our own worldly preoccupation that we must take care of first. But we all know that at a time that we don’t expect, the grim reaper will eventually stalk us until it gets us.

In today’s gospel Jesus gives us an iron clad protection against our fear of death. He enjoins us to regularly partake of the living bread that is available to us during Holy Communion no other than Himself. This is the same bread that is given to those who are sick and not anymore able to go to church for Holy Mass.

Why don’t we try to regularly partake of His Body during Holy Communion? And see how it will form, change and make us fearless of mortal death. We will not die anymore if we are with Jesus and we will not fear death anymore if we reverently partake of Him at Holy Mass during Holy Communion.

Let us therefore bring others to Holy Mass and let us also be on the lookout for those who are not anymore able to go to church for Holy Mass caused by their sickness. So that they will also be blessed, nourished and enlightened by the enormous blessing of the Body of Jesus Christ.

Have you been able to bring someone to church for Holy Mass so that they too could partake of the Body of Christ during Holy Communion? Have you been an instrument for the sick who are not anymore capable to go to church, so that they too could receive the Body of Christ in their house? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Source: mjdasma.blogspot.com/2016/04/reflection-for-april-14-thursday-of.html

2017 Thursday, May 4, 2017

Reflection for Thursday May 4, Third Week of Easter: John 6:44-51

How could you have eternal life?  You have to regularly receive the Body of Christ at Holy Mass. Always receive it with reverence and piety never doubt and think of it as a simple bread. Because what you receive is Jesus Himself.

Just imagine the enlightenment and unfathomable blessing that it will bring you if you would always partake of the body of Christ. Just imagine the countless spiritual blessing that it would bring you if you would believe that Jesus is the Consecrated Host that you receive during Holy Communion.

Your belief and faith in the bread of life will open your mind to the many truths about Jesus and the church that He founded. Things that are hard to explain but is real and felt by the heart, all you have to do is to believe and have faith.

For without faith and belief you will not fully comprehend how this small bread becomes the body of Jesus after it is consecrated by the priest. How this small bread becomes your life and your reason for existing in this world.

Don’t wait for a Eucharistic miracle to happen before you for it may not happen in your lifetime. Simply believe and have faith in our Bread of Life. Which is Jesus Himself and you yourself will become a living and breathing miracle for those who know you. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Source: mjdasma.blogspot.com/2017/05/reflection-for-thursday-may-4-third.html

2018 Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Reflection for Thursday April 19; Third Week of Easter: John 6:44-51

Are you afraid to die?

There are many reasons why many are afraid to die; foremost amongst these reasons is we are not prepared yet. We still have our own worldly preoccupation that we must take care of first. But we all know that at a time that we don’t expect, we have to go and leave this world permanently.

In today’s gospel Jesus gives us an iron clad protection against our fear of death. He enjoins us to regularly partake of the living bread that is available to us during Holy Communion no other than Himself. This is the same bread that is given to those who are sick and not anymore able to go to church for Holy Mass.

Why don’t we try to regularly partake of His Body during Holy Communion? And see how it will form, change and make us fearless of mortal death. We will not die anymore if we are with Jesus and we will not fear death anymore if we reverently partake of Him at Holy Mass during Holy Communion.

Our marching order therefore is to bring others to Holy Mass. So that they will also be blessed, nourished and enlightened by the enormous blessing of the Body of Jesus Christ.

Have you been able to bring someone to church for Holy Mass so that they too could partake of the Body of Christ during Holy Communion? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Source: mjdasma.blogspot.com/2018/04/reflection-for-thursday-april-19-third.html

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