Gospel John 6:51-58
Jesus said to the crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever."
+ Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of your Love. Amen
A good teacher knows the best method of teaching a difficult and very important point is; repetition. The teacher tries to find a new way to deliver the same lesson, in hopes that something will be understood and grasped. Our Lord is repeating something to us, why? Go back to last weeks's Gospel and reread it. Where is your heart drawn to rest?
The point spoken that I hear remains the same this week because it is something our Lord wants to 'drive home' with me. My heart can only come back to a singular truth; "Living Bread." If the Bread is "living" then it has a life of its own, that is what I hear the Lord Jesus saying. That the bread He is giving has a life of its own and our Lord Jesus, just called that Living bread, himself. He has a life of His own and when I consume Him, whether in His Word, or in His Body (The Eucharist) this life continues, the effort is less on me and more on allowing Him to live and has his life in me. What do you hear? Maybe you are saying- "I can't hear what he is saying to me." Then come away and Be with Jesus-
1.) Find a very quiet place to sit where you can just 'be' and rest and allow all that is in your heart to just surface, without having to worry about anyone or anything for a little bit of time. Sit peacefully, and as thoughts or memories or concerns surface, just allow them to rise and ask Jesus to hold them for this time of prayer in his lap and He will.
2.) Ask the Holy Spirit to come and be with you right now, as you sit and listen to the Word made Flesh. Invoke the Holy Spirit, His company is important, he is easy to reach by a simple invitation; "Come Holy Spirit, I love you, come and be with me and remain with me, and teach me, come Father of the Poor, come Treasure of the Faithful, I love you, come and open my mind and heart to Truth. Amen
3.) Now read the Gospel passage for today slowly and peacefully. Read the passage as you would read a and just read the passage as you would a letter from the one you love. You would listen to it very differently, because certain words would hold special meaning to you, you would want to understand the hidden meaning that your lover is really saying- Listen to the passage with Love- what word-words, image, memories, come into you mind? Where do you rest? Where do you question? Where does your heart 'leap?' Where do you find yourself being drawn to sit down and ponder?
4.) Wherever that place is-remain with Jesus and just allow Him the liberty to speak- He the Word can speak wordlessly, He can speak right in your heart, allow Him. Practically speaking that means, Listen in prayer. Don't force Jesus words into place or into your mind and mouth, just be comfortable with sitting with Him in Silence, he reveals himself to us differently. Don't look for 'results' just be with Him. Prayer isn't 'results." (When two people who love each other spend time together, they don't look for results they just treasure the time with the one they love and they savor the little things the lover says)
5.) Sometimes you may turn something over and over in your mind-(meditacio) sometimes you will find and image open up a greater truth to you and sometimes you will find yourself just in the company of Jesus being loved Him, just remain there. There is no better place to be, than with Jesus, it shouldn't matter or be a focus in prayer to "produce something", this is not prayer, just be with Him, and speak to Him heart to Heart. Prayer is relationship: He is Alive, Living, has eyes of depth and warmth. He has tenderness ,and a beautiful smile -He is alive. If we approach Him as a living Person, we will end of meeting the Living Person of Jesus Christ.
Question: Where did your heart rest in this passage? Did anything stir you? draw you? annoy you? What is Jesus saying to you personally, what comes into your heart?
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a poor sinner. Amen.