Gospel Reflections

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

John 6:41-51

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Virginia Scally

Published: August 09, 2015

Read 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... Read More…


If you even absent-mindedly made a choice to “check out” the Glimpses reflection for today, consider this for starters. You are already surrounded by mystery…graced and blessed before you even read a word, because Jesus tells us today that “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them!” (Jn. 6:44)

For whatever reason, in God’s great Providence, you and I have been graciously, gratuitously, mercifully, miraculously, wondrously attracted to, drawn to, a personal faith encounter and on-going relationship with the Word Made Flesh...GOD! And this by none Other than the Sacred Source of All Life, the Creator of the Universe! That, in itself, should be all on which we need to reflect for the rest of this day---especially if we think about the expanse of the UNIVERSE and our microscopic place in it! As Kate Daniels says in her poem entitled Unscrutable, “Why God? Why love?…Why me?”

Today, our engagement with the Lord in this Gospel is a response to an unearned, undeserved grace, extended to us by God. Only Heaven knows why, yet again! Truly in that magnetism, we have been given the same privilege as Mary of Bethany: to sit down at the Lord’s feet and listen to him! (Luke 10:40) How good is the good God, “because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to (us!) (Mt. 13:11)." Jesus is right in saying elsewhere in the Gospel to his closest followers, “blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear!” (Mt.13:17a) Today, as we experience ourselves drawn to Jesus, he can say that to us!

To counterbalance this gift, we ask ourselves how responsible have we been with what we have been given to see and what we have been given to hear? How effectively have we shared this Good News with others? What difference have these self-disclosures of God in Jesus made in our character formation, in the caliber of the humanity we embody, in our generosity of spirit, and even in our maturing?

And what does this Jesus to whom God has drawn us, reveal to us in today’s Gospel? At whatever age or phase of life, wherever we live or in what circumstances we find ourselves, he assures us that he is the One. If we are living in danger or insecurity, in the cold dampness of winter or in the sweltering heat of summer, he assures us that he is in our midst. He assures us that he will satisfy the deepest hungers of our souls, if we but bring our hungers, named or unnamed, to him. Jesus will be the manna in our desert. He will be our Bread for life! For we know that our good God is ever present!

 

 

 

 

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