May 4th, 2022

The Gospel According to John (6:35-40)

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from Heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

Reflection: As I have done before, I would like to offer this from Fr. Richard Rohr who explains the ‘Sacramental theology’. Our closeness to Jesus comes to us, not only, in the form of His body (the bread of life) in the Eucharist, but in all of the Sacraments. Please enjoy!

Father Richard Rohr introduces the heart of sacramental theology, that our particular and ordinary circumstances are the places where we meet the Universal Christ:   

“Every resurrection story found in the Gospels affirms an ambiguous—yet certain—presence of the Risen Christ in very ordinary settings, like walking on the road to Emmaus with a stranger, roasting fish on the beach, or looking like a gardener to Mary Magdalene. These moments from Scripture set a stage of expectation and desire that God’s Presence can be seen in the ordinary and the material, and we do not have to wait for supernatural apparitions.

We Catholics call this a sacramental theology, where the visible and tactile are the primary doorway to the invisible. This is why each of the formal sacraments of the church insists on a material element like water, oil, bread, wine, the laying on of hands, or the physicality of marriage itself.”

The weeks after Easter are always a great time, as modern day disciples of Christ; to reflect on the way we live our lives. How we treat, not only each other, but how we treat this earth that has been entrusted to our care. We are the stewards of this place we call our home and are solely responsible for being the example for other generations to follow.

Action of the Day: 

Where do you see God in the ordinary? Do you see the world with eyes open or is your vision myopic? Take some time reflecting on how you truly see the world and your responsibility to it.

Audio Reflection:

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