22nd of April

Publié le 21 Avril 2021

Gospel text

(Jn 6,44-51): 

 

Jesus addressed the crowd, «No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him up on the last day. It has been written in the Prophets: They shall all be taught by God. So whoever listens and learns from the Father comes to me. For no one has seen the Father except the One who comes from God; He has seen the Father. Truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they died. But here you have the bread which comes from heaven so that you may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which has come from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh and I will give it for the life of the world».

 

The Application

 

We all search for God and desire to know His will, particularly in our personal life. Many of us have already said yes to the Lord, without even having a clarity on the mission which will be undertaken by us. We have to acknowledge that we are called, consecrated and sent. This understanding itself a divine knowledge.

 

Divine knowledge is a gift from God. Like Mary Magdalene who responded to the divine call without knowing that she was invited to be the first witness of the resurrection, Philip will respond to Jesus' request. And today, we are also asked to respond positively to the divine call. If we respond positively to this request, we can easily discover God's plan, like Mary Magdalene and Philip.

 

To do this, we must welcome the Bread from heaven that will make us partakers of eternal life. This Bread nourishes our faith, which will lead us to believe in Jesus Christ, as the Envoy of the Father, a true divine presence, who accompanies us every day. This Bread not only feeds us, it transforms us from an ordinary man into a divine being, becoming Christ for our brothers and sisters. It is in this new birth in Christ that we are called to live and respond to God, as Jesus himself did.

 

Action of the day: Obey to the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:

 

Studying the Scriptures with humility,

by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

 

 

"My ambition as a youth was to apply to the study of the Holy Scriptures all the refinement of dialectics. I did so, but without the humility of the true searcher. I was supposed to knock at the door so that it would open for me. Instead I was pushing it closed, trying to understand in pride what is only learned in humility. However, the all-merciful Lord lifted me up and kept me safe." (excerpt from Sermon 51,6)

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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