• April 20, 2018 – Friday of the Third Week of Easter
    on April 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

    The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:52-59 These passages in the discourse begin with the Jews quarreling with one another about Jesus offering his physical flesh. He responds by telling them that unless they eat his flesh and drink his blood they will not have life within them. They are blinded to the spiritual reality of his words. Prayer: I will admit that is nearly impossible to understand the Eucharist because of my human limitations, but because you say it, Lord, I believe. […]

  • April 19, 2018 – Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
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    The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:44-51 The Eucharistic theme is at the heart of this gospel, and “believe” is the operative verb. Jesus must be consciously received as the bread from heaven, God’s revelation. Eating his flesh and drinking his blood provides ongoing nourishment for the believer. This belief is not optional; it is essential. Prayer: Eating and drinking take on a whole new meaning in the Eucharist. I realize that prayer, reflection, and belief in what it means is so important in my receiving your body and blood. […]

  • April 18, 2018 – Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter
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    The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:35-40 Jesus is the bread of life. The food and drink analogy in John’s gospel shows that he is the only one necessary to gain eternal life. It is God’s will that everyone believe. The crowd’s initial misunderstanding, in reality unbelief, is proof that just because they see the truth does not mean they believe. They see what they want to see, not what is real. Prayer: Lord, I can understand what it is to see only what I want to see. Believing can be hard and scary because of what it demanded of you and what it will demand of me. I pray for clarity and courage. […]

  • April 17, 2018 – Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
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    The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:30-35 The crowd boldly asks Jesus for signs. What else can he do for them? Clearly their enthusiasm about the multiplication has faded. They cite what Moses did for the people in the desert. Jesus responds by saying that God was responsible for that miracle, not Moses. He reminds them again that the bread of God is not meant to satisfy their physical hunger. Prayer: Lord, I can be pretty dense. How many times do you have to tell me? How many ways do you have to say it? Thank you for your patience and persistence. […]

  • April 16, 2108 – Monday of the Third Week of Easter
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    The Bread of Life Discourse John 6:22-29 After the disciples witnessed Jesus walking on the water, they returned to shore. Meanwhile, the crowds who had been fed searched for Jesus. When they found him they asked how he had gotten to Capernaum. Rather than satisfying their curiosity, Jesus redirected their attention to the spiritual nature of his mission. He told them that the only reason they searched as they did was because of physical hunger. He cautioned them about relying on food that is perishable. The bread they need is the bread of the Father, the source of eternal life. Prayer: I confuse my wants with my needs. Would that I believed that you are all I need. I ask your grace to let go and trust in you. […]