Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 2, A.D. 2001

Acts 8:1-8
Psalm 66:1-7
John 6:35-40

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel Jesus again speaks about being "the Bread of Life." For us it is a phrase that has become somewhat familiar. For Jesus' first followers it was a strange teaching; for many it was just "too much" and became the final straw which ended their affiliation with Him.

There probably isn't any time more poignant to reflect on the meaning of the Eucharist then at a funeral mass where the beautiful and familiar song, "I Am The Bread Of Life", is often sung. Face to face with the casket and the tears of mourning loved ones, it is difficult to escape our own mortality and the sure and certain end that we all face. In this setting, hearing that anyone who eats and drinks of the flesh of the Son of God will be raised on the last day, is the supreme hope of all who believe. It is belief in these words which transcends temporal sorrow in exchange for eternal joy.

Let us make certain then that we really believe, so that the promise for us might be accomplished. Pray to be on fire with love and longing, seeking to be filled and satisfied by the Holy Eucharist so that one day we too might be raised up on the last day.

Lord, as some found You to be "too much", so too, do we. Unlike them, however, we find you too good, too kind. With loving hearts we cry, be merciful to us, we are sinners.

The Lord has risen! Alleluia, Alleluia!

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds

St. Athanasius


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