Scripture Reflection . . .
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Proverbs 9:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34. “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20
Gospel: John 6:51-58
Jesus continues declaring himself the Bread of Life In today’s Readings and goes so far as to promise eternal life to those who eat his flesh and drink his blood!
This sounds horrific if we read it literally, but if we go deeper into the meaning it is extraordinary. Jesus is aligning himself with the paschal/ Passover lamb giving his very flesh and blood that all might be freed- freed from fear – the opposite of love and root cause of all and any kind of oppression.
We are invited to this lavish feast – God’s love poured out without condition – to be nourished. Proverbs describes this feast set forth by Wisdom (another name for God) and invites all who are simple.
The truth is simple, it is the message Jesus proclaimed in his words and very life: have at the center of all things, Love. Love holds nothing back.
So, do we come to this feast, do we come to God, to be nourished or do we look elsewhere for what does not satisfy?
In Our Lives as Sisters of the Redeemer . . .
We are an active apostolic congregation, which means we live how most people do – working, living in community, and praying. Thus, coming to the feast, doesn’t necessarily mean sitting in contemplative prayer for long periods of time. But it does call us to be at the feast wherever we are. It calls us to a simplicity of life so as to be open to and grateful for the Feast set before us each day; to be open and welcoming to everyone else who sits around the table.
In Your Life . . .
Make a conscious effort to be at “the Feast” this week. During the day and / or at the end notice the spread before you – all the experiences, relationships and emotions of the day. For what do you give thanks? Become aware of the Source of this feast- the One whose love has been your nourishment. Allow yourself to forgive and be forgiven. Is there anything that keeps you from receiving this love? If so try to name it and either leave it at the door or give it a place at the table. Come, eat, drink and live!
Blessings on your week!