Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Wednesday Third Week of Easter
Wednesday Third Week of Easter
Acts 8:1b-8 / Ps 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a / Jn 6:35-40
Reading: Acts 8:1b-8
This was the beginning of a great persecution against the Church in Jerusalem. All, except the apostles, were scattered throughout the region of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. Saul meanwhile was trying to destroy the Church; he entered house after house and dragged off men and women and had them put in jail. At the same time those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to a town of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. All the people paid close attention to what Philip said as they listened to him and saw the miraculous signs that he did. For in cases of possession, the unclean spirits came out shrieking loudly. Many people who were paralyzed or crippled were healed. So there was great joy in that town.
Gospel: John 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, even when you have seen. Yet, all that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me. And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what he has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live with eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day."
Jesus uses bread to help us understand the importance of the gospel today. We need to eat and we need to drink. Food and water are vital to our existence. They equate to life itself. And yet our mortal bodies need to eat and drink every day. Why were we created with this limitation? Would it not be more simple to create man as a being without a stomach, without the need to eat or drink? We would have more time to do other things than to eat three meals a day. We would not be hungry nor thirsty ever. And yet we need to eat and drink on a daily basis. We cannot eat or drink loading up for an entire month and then stop entirely eating and drinking for the next month. We were created to eat and drink on a daily basis. This is so that we may learn to lean on God on a daily basis also. That is why the prayer of the Our Father says: "Give us this day our daily bread" and not monthly bread. Christ proposes a new kind of bread that we will not hunger anymore. He proposes us the real food of Christ which is to do the will of God. And the will of God is for us to go to Heaven. Christ makes it his advocacy and determined mission to bring us all to Heaven. If we have the spirit of Christ, we will be full of the Holy Spirit which helps us to focus on the heavenly things and be at peace with whatever happens here on earth. We were created for Heaven. And Christ promised that all who share in this food will be raised up on the last day.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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