Faith Daily | 7 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: 60-69
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ 61But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you? 62Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But among you there are some who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65And he said, ‘For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.’
66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ 68Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Mary Dean
Jesus is teaching the people in the synagogue in Capernaum and trying to help them understand the real meaning and process that leads to eternal life. Some of them are grumbling and don’t feel it makes sense.
He gets to the point of saying that there are two options: to either believe and follow Jesus or follow the crowd and go their separate ways. He is trying to explain that people need faith for them to survive. The gospel’s message is the same for us today – some respond and practice their faith, but others don’t. It is our personal decision to make if we want to open ourselves to accepting Jesus and the truth of the eternal life, or if we choose to walk away.
The easy way is to go with the crowd – maybe feeling safety in numbers – but God’s way is the only path to salvation and eternity with Him. It means commitment, intent, staying strong in our faith. Simon Peter eventually understands and says “to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life – and now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God.”
To follow Jesus is to walk forward in faith and understanding. Why do people walk away from Jesus? Most of us can easily forget Jesus at times when everything is going well and our problems are few, but when trouble or hard times come that’s when we turn to Him. It should never be that way. At our happiest moments or at our worst, Jesus should be the center of our lives.
Following Jesus means committing to daily living humbly and serving Him through our love for Him, reflecting that through our love and service to each other.
Sing aloud or in your hearts
I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today
I know that He is living, no matter what men may say
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.
He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.