Faith Daily | 6 May 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 507
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: 52-59
52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” 59He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Pamela Davey
I love the words ‘abide in me, and I in them.’ What more can you ask for from God? And the Eucharist reminds us of this.
Richard Rohr says that the mystery of Eucharist clarifies and delineates Christianity from the other religions of the world. Here John’s Gospel reminds us that that God became a human body.
As Gandhi said, “There are so many hungry people in the world that God could only come into the world in the form of food.” It is marvellous, that God would enter our lives not just in the form of sermons or Bibles, but in food.
Somehow, we have to make sure that each day we are hungry, that there’s room inside of us for another presence. If you are filled with your own opinions, ideas, righteousness, superiority, or sufficiency, you are a world unto yourself and there is no room for “another.” (Richard Rohr).
Sometimes we find the Church puts prerequisites on who is worthy to receive. All we need is hunger for God.
FINAL PRAYER As you have been fed (from the Iona Community)
As you have been fed at this table
Go to feed the hungry.
As you have been set free
Go to set free the imprisoned.
As you have received - give.
As you have heard – proclaim.
And the blessing which you have received
From the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be always with you. Amen.