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May 4, 2022

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, May 04 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/050422.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Acts 8: 1b-8
Responsorial:  Psalm 66: 1-3a, 4-5. 6-7a
Gospel:  John 6: 35-40

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“There was a severe persecution of the church in Jerusalem, and all were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.”  Acts 8: 1b.  “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”  John 6: 35

In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear about the persecution of the early Christians. Stephen has been stoned to death and Saul is dragging Christians from their homes and hauling them off to prison.  The apostles respond, not by cowering in a locked room in fear, but by continuing to preach the word of God and heal.  Bringing people to faith and healing them resulted in “great joy in that city,” (Acts 8: 8) despite the persecution.

In the Gospel of John today, I can see where the apostles’ strength and focus reside.  They understood what Jesus meant when he said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6:35) The apostles had all they needed to continue to preach and heal because Jesus, though the power of the Holy Spirit, was their nourishment and strength.  Their reward:  Eternal Life.

Jesus is the bread that we can feel, taste, and see in the Eucharist. He is also the nourishment our hearts and souls need, in the form of grace/strength, so that we can follow God’s will in our lives. In Romans 8:28, Paul reminds us, “We know that all things work for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”  God is right in the middle of our messy lives asking us not to focus on the mess but on Jesus. The nourishment he provides grants us the strength or gifts we need to respond to the mess, bringing joy and peace to our hearts and souls because we trust in His will.
 
I would like to be as strong and reliant on Jesus as the apostles were in the reading from Acts, but I am not. Prayer and receiving Eucharist are effective aids for me in the battle that ensues daily to keep my focus adjusted properly. In response to my messy life, God may ask me to participate by doing something specific or he may ask me to just keep praying. But unless my nourishment comes from Jesus, and my focus is on God’s will and not the outcome I want, I cannot effectively hear God’s call.
 
How do you keep your focus on Jesus, as the bread of your life?

Blessings for the journey!

Paula Paul

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