Gospel Reflection- Thursday 3rd week of Easter (5 May 2022) – Whoever eats this bread will live forever
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of John (6: 44-51) in which Jesus tells the crowd, ‘No one can come to me unless they are drawn by the Father who sent me and I will raise them up at the last day’.
Fr Paul says the atmosphere in a synagogue at the time of Jesus was quite different and certainly far less formal than in our churches today. Everything, in Jesus’s time, in a synagogue could be mulled over and discussed right there and then. How can Jesus claim to be from heaven? Moses cannot have been the living bread because all the people and Moses who ate the bread, the manna, in the desert are dead as the Gospel tells us. Jesus, then is the true wisdom of God.
Fr Paul notes that this Gospel also alerts us that we will not have to rely on inheriting the religion of Israel but that we will be, individually, and directly taught by God.
For our reflection today, Fr Paul asks us, ‘Am I open? Is my heart and mind open to allow God to teach me in whatever way God sees fit to do?’