Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th August 2018

GOSPEL: John 6:24-35

The Jews were complaining to each other about Jesus, because he had said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ ‘Surely this is Jesus son of Joseph’ they said. ‘We know his father and mother. How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven” ?’ Jesus said in reply, ‘Stop complaining to each other.

‘No one can come to meI Am The Bread Of Life3 E1435237279961
unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me,
and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They will all be taught by God,
and to hear the teaching of the Father,
and learn from it,
is to come to me.
Not that anybody has seen the Father,
except the one who comes from God:
he has seen the Father.
and learn from it,
is to come to me.
Not that anybody has seen the Father,
except the one who comes from God:
he has seen the Father.
I tell you most solemnly,
everybody who believes has eternal life.
am the bread oflife.
Your fathers ate the manna in the desert
and they are dead; .
but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,
so that a man may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give
is my flesh, for the life of the world.’
and learn from it,
is to come to me.
Not that anybody has seen the Father,
except the one who comes from God:
he has seen the Father.
I tell you most solemnly,
everybody who believes has eternal life.
am the bread oflife.
Your fathers ate the manna in the desert
and they are dead; .
but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,
so that a man may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give
is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

The Gospel of the Lord

Donal Neary SJ
Gospel Reflections
www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

Food for Now and Eternity

Elijah needed both Food for the body and soul, for forty days which in the Hebrew Testament is a symbolic number for a journey of the soul.

Food for the soul can besome prayer, a good chat at a bad moment, the Mass. Culture, art, music, prayer to feed the soul.  The bread of life of Jesus is both Holy Communion and other nourishment for the soul.

Teilhard de Chardin writes: ‘we are spiritual beings on a human journey’. This means that at our deepest we are spiritual.  Our essence is from God and for God, and the journey is human. Both are one.Bread Of Life

In all of this is the presence of Jesus. The one who is our bread of life, and through us he feeds others in many ways. In receiving the bread of life we commit ourselves to being ‘Eucharist People’ offering the love and compassion of God to the world.

Sometimes we have to wait, and maybe sift through different moods. In the awaiting is the feeding. We are being fed all the time by God, and sometimes we don’t notice.  The Eucharist is the summit of other feedings and meals.

Our hopes of life after death and our resurrection give the food that always lasts. At the time of death we need reminders of meeting God in the next life!

We might picture people in great need – of food, of meaning in life, of hope.
Pray for them offering to bring food for body and soul when we can.
Give us this day our daily bread, O Lord.


Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from  Mass Readings and Sunday Homily - Catholicireland.net. 

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