Sunday 19 August 2018

About Today Readings

Week IV Psalter. 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Proverbs 9:1-6. Psalm 33(34):2-3, 10-15. Ephesians 5:15-20. John 6:51-58.

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord—Psalm 33(34):2-3, 10-15.

‘Sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs among yourselves.’

To many of his disciples, the statement of Jesus that they were to eat his flesh seemed intolerable. In their perplexity they asked how it was to be possible. Jesus simply reaffirmed that he is the living bread come down from heaven, and that those who eat of it will live forever.

The poor, for whom the provision of daily bread for their family is a constant struggle, would have understood better than most of us.

Then Jesus advanced a step further, to say that we who eat this bread have eternal life already. Perhaps the reason why Jesus did not answer the question is that he is himself the explanation.

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