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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 8, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 7:51—8:1a
Psalm 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab
John 6:30-35





A reflection on today's Scripture:

My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. . . .

In the Catholic Church we have a term for the fact that Jesus became human and emptied Himself entirely and made Himself completely subordinate to God's will. Kenosis—self-emptying, self-giving. In today's Gospel we hear some of that kenosis.

Jesus is the bread of heaven. "I am the bread of heaven (also called the Bread of Life), whoever comes to me shall not hunger." This is the bread that the Father has given. Jesus hints at what is to come in these words, but people listening to Him at the time must have been terribly confused and upset.

We know, with the distance of time, what Jesus was talking about. He is the bread of life, He is the ground of being. The Father sent Jesus as a message of love, and Jesus left with us His presence so that we will never be without Him. Admittedly, it is not the same as experiencing Jesus as He was on Earth, but it is even better, because in the feast of the Holy Sacrament of Communion, Jesus gives us real food, real drink, real presence—a presence more powerful, and more complete than any He had while on Earth because it is more intimate. We consume Jesus and He becomes a part of us.

Jesus, God Himself, came down from heaven to become the lowliest of foods for God's children.

Kenosis—self-emptying/self-giving.

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