Audio Readings May 6, 2014 3rd Week of Easter

3rd Week of Easter

Acts 7:51–8:1; Psalm 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21;John 6:30-35

It was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. (John 6:32)

You can imagine Jesus sighing during this dialogue. “What sign can you do?” ask the people. Have they already forgotten how he fed five thousand of them on the hillside? Instead, they hearken back to a romanticized version of their ancestors’ time in the desert, when manna appeared in response to Moses’ prayers. They conveniently forget the pain and frustration of their long wanderings and God’s frustration with their lack of trust and belief.

But Jesus seems to say, “Wake up! Come back to the present! God’s food is being offered to you right now.”

How tempting it can be to romanticize what God has done for us in the past and miss what he is doing today! We remember how God led us to the Church, how he healed someone we prayed for, how he opened the path for a new job for us, how he helped us find our husband or wife—or discern a vocation to the religious life. These are wonderful stories with happy endings.

But what is God doing with you right now? Perhaps he is stretching your comfort zone by bringing you into contact with people who seem very different from yourself. Maybe he is pointing out a tendency to gossip or a need to be in charge. Is he inviting you to dig into a part of Scripture you’ve never understood? Callings like these are much more challenging. It’s hard to be patient with such an incomplete and unfinished work, isn’t it? We’d rather cross items off our list than return to them every day, with mixed results.

Today’s reading tells us that even though Jesus’ work on the cross is finished, it doesn’t remain in the past. Rather, he invites us to come to him today and every day. He asks us to stay with him, to feed on him, and to keep growing in our union with him. There is so much more that he wants to give us!

“Come to me,” he invites. “I am your Bread of Life.”

“Jesus, you are all I need. Open my eyes to your powerful presence in the nitty-gritty of my life today.”~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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