Today’s Thoughts: There is a quote from Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. that I have always liked – “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.” It came to mind today as I reflected on our Gospel reading.
In today’s Gospel from St. John we hear some familiar words of Jesus ― “I am the Bread of Life.” When we hear these words our thoughts go directly to the Eucharist and why shouldn’t they? After all we often refer to the Eucharist as the Bread of Life. As the celebrant prepares the gifts in the midst of mass he says, “Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.”
While connecting Jesus’ words, “I am the Bread of Life” with the Eucharist is a no brainer I am going to ask you today to hear these words a little differently. I am asking you to hear them in light of Fr. Pierre’s quote that I began with. Jesus’ words to those gathered around him that day along the Sea of Galilee where words of hope. Once again people are looking for a sign but Jesus offers them something far more lasting he offers them hope. He offers them an ongoing source of strength, joy, hope and love.
Jesus was and is a builder of hope. Always offering a foundation stone with which to build upon wherever he goes. Jesus celebrated the moment but with an eye on the future. Jesus always offered something more than signs he offered the reality of himself.
Jesus throughout his life, ministry, passion, death and resurrection gave us and continues to give us reason to hope all we need to do is believe!
Have a holy and blessed Sunday everyone and don’t forget to give God a little time today!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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