Sunday, August 2, 2015

Exodus 16: 2-4, 12-15, Ephesians 4:17, 20-24, Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54, John 6:24-35


Exodus 16: 2-4, 12-15, Ephesians 4:17, 20-24,
Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54,
John 6:24-35

Exodus 16: 2-4, 12-15

My Beloved, in these verses, once again God demonstrates His care for the people He chose for His own. In their human frailty they grumbled constantly forgetting all that God had done for them in the past. When they asked for meat and bread He sent quails and manna to satisfy their hunger.  The last verses are truly significant. When God gives He gives sufficient for our needs so all are satisfied.

The principles of the Gospel should be the standard by which we should all live our daily lives. There are many with far more than they will ever need and there are those who survive each day on less than a pittance.  If we lived according to God’s Word we would share what we have without hoarding and allowing what we have to rot, then all would have more than  enough.

Ephesians 4:17, 20-24

My Beloved we are reminded by St. Paul not to live as those who do not know You, rather, knowing You, having heard the Good News and believing in Your Word, we can no longer live according to our old, former, sinful ways. Instead, we must be robed in You which means, we are to be clothed in truthfulness, righteousness and holiness. We are called to be doers of the Word. We are called to be like You in all things, in this way we can live our mission to go out into the world and live the Good News.

Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54

My Beloved, the manna that the people of God received when they were in exile in the wilderness is referred to in this psalm as the bread of angels. This account of how powerfully God worked with great signs and wonders I recited and taught faithfully to each generation of the people of Israel. Yet, we know that the bread they ate was only a shadow of the true Bread of Angels, the Bread that You would provide, making of Yourself food and drink for all who believe in You and walk in Your ways.

You give us Your Flesh to eat and Your Blood to drink and eating and drinking of the Son of God we receive Your life and become for a while like You.

John 6:24-35

My Beloved, what is the real reason we come looking for You? Is it just so we can receive what You so generously give. Is our search for You only superficial because we have received some favor from You and we chase You so we can receive more? Do we look at the marvels that You have worked, the signs and wonders, and truly believe that You are God, and desire nothing more than to please You? Or can we never get enough of miracles and keep demanding for more like the people in today’s Gospel passage?

You fed a multitude with just a few loaves and fish and they still ask for another sign or else they will not believe that You are the true Bread that came down from heaven. You are the Bread of Life and anyone who eats You will never hunger or thirst again.

Thank You my Beloved for giving me this Bread. May every Eucharist transform me each day a little more into You, be the transformation ever so slight, and in the end, may I become ever more like You my Lord and my God.

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