Faith Daily | 22 April 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER THREE
who in your great mercy made glad the disciples
with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such awareness of his presence with us
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life,
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 6: 44-51
44No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Glynn Holland-Leam
Nestled in the centre of today’s reading is Jesus’ declaration: “I am the Bread of Life.” It is the first of the I am statements from Jesus in John and points back to the history of God’s relationship with Israel and forward to Jesus’ relationship and promise to us. Casting our minds back to the story of Moses, remember that when he asked God who should he say has sent him God’s answer is that he is to say “I am has sent me to you.” This would have been immediately recognised by the people gathered around Jesus and was part of what they had difficulty with. Further, not only is Jesus identifying himself as incarnate God – he declares to all that as God the Son his body is the gift that will not merely sustain us but fills us with his abundant life. Life such that we will not perish. This is the gift we remember and celebrate each and every time we gather together for the Eucharist; that the holy one of Israel who has been present from the very beginning has given his only son, given himself, that we today might be made one with him and share in life abundant.
FINAL PRAYER: APBA p569
whose Son Jesus fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us with your true and living bread,
Jesus Christ our Lord;
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and for ever.