This is the final Sunday of the “mini-season” that has focused us on the Mystery of the Eucharist and has journied through the 6th Chapter of the Gospel of Saint John. The Old Testament Scriptures provided for each of these weeks has helped to focus our reflection upon the nature of the truth revealed and how God, in the past, has provided for us with a multitude of “feedings” as individuals, as communities, and as ministers of the covenant. Joshua (Jos 24:1-2, 15-18) “summons” all the people and challenges them to accept the fullness of life that comes from the Lord; the people accept this challenge and choose to serve the Lord alone! So too, in the Gospel (John 6:60-69), Jesus challenges the disciples to accept him not only as the Bread of Life but also as the Eternal Word come down from heaven! Sadly, many “disciples broke away” from Jesus, but those who remained (like Peter) made a deep commitment of faith that would endure throughout their lives and lead them to eternal life. We echo the words of Peter as is found in Psalm 19 and translated in an antiphon by Bernadette Farrell:
Your words are Spirit and life, O Lord, richer than gold, stronger than death. Your words are Spirit and Life O lord, life everlasting!
Next weekend, August 29 and 30, the Second Collection will be for Ugandan Mission administered by Father Ponce. I thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. Already this year we are sending him “home” with countless supplies for the infants, medical equipment, and material resources to provide for the next building projects!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!