19th Sunday in ordinary time Year B….2015. The First Reading & Gospel for this Sunday. A realhomilie from Fr.Kevin Walsh, Family Prayer, and a Blessing from Iona, Scotland. https://realhomilies.wordpress.com/
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD.
First Reading: 1 Kings 19:4-8
Elijah went into the wilderness, a day’s journey, and sitting under a furze bush wished he were dead. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘I have had enough. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down and went to sleep. But an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked round, and there at his head was a scone baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. But the angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, or the journey will be too long for you.’ So he got up and ate and drank, and strengthened by that food he walked for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
Gospel: John 6:41-51
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 me
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.
I tell you most solemnly,
everybody who believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
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.’
IMPORTANT PHRASES AND WORDS TO KEEP IN MIND
How can he say ‘I have come down from heaven?’
No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me.
Everybody who believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live forever.
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE FIRST READING AND THE GOSPEL:
In the first reading the food that God sent to Elijah strengthens him for the journey to the mountain so that he may encounter God. For Elijah the command is, ‘Get up and eat.’ In the gospel the food that God sends and the encounter with God are one and the same because the food is Jesus, the living bread that came down from heaven. For us the command is that we must believe.
In the first reading God sends an angel to Elijah with earthly food. In the gospel God sends the Son Jesus as heavenly food. Once again John shows how God’s actions in Christ go beyond all previous gifts of grace.
OUR EXPERIENCE TODAY
Sometimes knowledge gets in the way of belief. In the gospel because the crowd thought they knew who Jesus, they virtually crippled any opportunity for them to exercise their FAITH=INSIGHT, hence they were unable to arrive and believe in him, and see the saving hand of God at work in him.
A REALHOMILE FOR THIS SUNDAY BY FR.KEVIN WALSH
Dear One and all,
In the Gospel reading today, Jesus takes off the gloves, as it were, and he confronts his listeners with the stark truth of why he has come, and what they must do, to benefit from what he offers them. Most of today’s gospel has Jesus speaking, as if he has listened to their debating and rationalising long enough. However, it is very important to remember that the fourth Gospel was written at least some sixty years after the Resurrection of Jesus, hence it would seem that today’s Gospel is a pretty good reflection on how ‘The Way’ (the first name given to followers of Christ) were going by the time that this was written.
A couple of weeks ago we saw the miracle of the loaves and fish, which paved the way for an understanding of the Eucharist. It would appear that Jesus had got their attention and their interest. They asked him in last week’s gospel, ‘What does God want us to do?’ and they seemed interested enough to listen to the answer. But in today’s story, once again Jesus began to speak about a personal God, a God among them, a God who was no longer in the Holy of Holies within the Temple, or in the burning bush; but the people closed their ears and eyes, and became inflexible once more. Again we hear the echoes of Ps 95 Verse 8 ‘If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.’ This Psalm was well known by the people of Israel as it is by us today in the Invitatory of Morning Prayer, as we pray the Divine Office.
Jesus got straight to the point when he said that he was speaking about pure gift. Even the desire to come to him, to hear him, to respond to him, was a gift from the Father. It had nothing whatsoever to do with religious practice of the time, it was a whole New Covenant, and compared to the inflexibility of the Old Covenant they had inherited, this was a radical change! Jesus had come in person to teach them, to lead them, and to nourish and save them. They had a decision to make; they were either for him or against him.
Before we move on, we must pay attention to the fuller implications of what Jesus said in the opening part of today’s reading, because it gives us a deeper understanding of another underpinning statement made by Jesus, which really got their shackles up. Jesus said, “I am the bread that came down from Heaven.” We can easily miss the direct import of the words, ‘I am’. In the Greek text we would know exactly what the implications are, so not to hold you in suspense any longer….’I am’ is the Divine Name!
In other words…YHWH. (The Lord God) The Bread, what does that imply? It suggests very strongly that in the time after the Resurrection of Jesus, the early Community came to understand that Jesus was the Word made flesh! Jesus was the enfleshed Manna! What is the translation of the word MANNA? It is:-God’s Mercy and Goodness. Jesus, the human face of the Father, is God’s mercy and forgiveness! Wow! Now, with that in mind, let’s look at the claim of Jesus, and why this caused such a response among His critics? But we must not forget that this Gospel was written about 100AD; therefore plenty of time had been given to the burning question as to: – who was Jesus Christ?
ICON OF CHRIST THE TEACHER, SANCTE SOPHIA
As we look back through history, and explore the varied responses to the all-powerful Word of Jesus, we can easily say that the faces have changed, but the message remains the same. We see here in this teaching from Jesus that by and large it was falling on deaf ears. What caused this? Was it the humanity of Jesus, ‘the son of Joseph’ which automatically closed off the creative options in their minds, because it was too good to be true? It would seem that fixed minds have been the stumbling blocks for many people throughout the ages, and still is today! So fixed, that even the greatest miracles do not enable a flexible response, and in this case it was directly to Jesus the Word made flesh. Together with fixed minds goes blindness; the inability to see God’s power to save, linked with judgements based on helplessness. The end result; many walked away from Jesus! As John’s Gospel later tells us, many of them rejected it, walked away, and no longer followed him.’ John 6:60-61.
We probably do not walk away from Jesus, however, for some, it would seem that they just couldn’t care less about Jesus, or God, or human destiny! The lethargy of the times which is continually injected with materialism! However, we can easily be so comfortable within inflexible mindsets, that we can run the risk of not being fully open to the Lord through prayer, and reflective moments which enables us to respond to His Word. This can easily happen to anyone of us! Myself included! Sometimes my mind quivers, when I hear and see instances where some Leaders in our Church are so black and white, manifested with splashes of arrogance when dealing with greyish human problems. It can be comfortable, satisfying and tidy to think that one has the whole truth, rather than listening to the truth in humility, as manifested in ‘the poor of the Lord’. No one person on earth has a monopoly on knowing it all! The trouble is, some of them unashamedly think that they do! Hence, we can very easily be like the people in today’s Gospel, who thought that they knew it all! God is always doing a new deed. We discover these new deeds within quality conversations, and hence our Biblical poverty comes in for everyone….that is listening to the new deeds with body, mind and soul. It is not about telling us from ‘on high’ by our shepherds what we are to believe and do! It is the Ministry of the Shepherds to turn on all the lights, so that we can make informed decisions and responses as we live and journey as a people towards God Our Father.to the way of God. In short, we are invited to ‘Go and be Jesus, live what we have heard, and be who we have received and celebrated, as companions on the journey of life, towards our Heavenly home.
FAMILY PRAYER TOGETHER
Leader: We turn now to our God, who hears all our prayers and grants our needs.
+For all members of the Church to come to know Jesus better through their participation in the Eucharist. We pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.
+For all peoples of the world to seek God with all their hearts. We pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.
+For those whose lives are characterised by grumbling and murmuring, that they might experience joy in coming to know God. We pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.
+That each of us here may give to others the gift of our self-giving. We pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.
+That all of us may have open minds to the many and varied ways in which we are called to proclaim the Gospel today! We pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.
+Let’s think back over the past week, and what we have seen on the T.V News, Breaking News on our Mobile Phones and iPads….who are some of the people in our Global village or need our prayers? You might like to share some of these…………., We pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.
Leader: O God, you draw us to yourself and desire that we have eternal life with you: hear these our prayers and help our unbelief. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessing is taken from the Iona Abbey Sacramentary, Scotland.
Iona Abbey is located on the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland. It is one of the oldest and most important religious centres in Western Europe. The abbey was a focal point for the spread of Christianity throughout Scotland and marks the foundation of a monastic community by St. Columba, when Iona was part of the Kingdom of Dál Riata.
- The Cross
- ALL WE SHALL TAKE IT.
- The bread……………
- ALL WE SHALL BREAK IT.
- The pain
- ALL WE SHALL BEAR IT.
- The joy………………
- ALL WE SHALL SHARE IT.
- The Gospel……………
- ALL WE SHALL LIVE IT.
- The love…………
- ALL WE SHALL GIVE IT.
- The light……………
- ALL WE SHALL CHERISH IT.
- The darkness…………….
- ALL WE SHALL PERISH IT. Amen.
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