Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1Kgs. 19:4-8 | Ps. 34:2-9 | Eph. 4:30-5:2 | Jn. 6:41-51

Jesus is trying to teach those who refuse to believe in Him. He is “too well known” to the Jews. They know His father, Joseph, His mother, Mary, and that he is a carpenter by trade. How can anyone whom they know, be so important that God would use them to feed the people. Elijah is known by the people also. He teaches them and they reject him. He flees for his life and is fed by God’s angels. Paul is calling us to live a life in keeping with God’s commands. It is also to be loving and gentle and not filled with anger, bitterness and not use slander or harsh words. This is what Jesus is trying to teach the Jews if they would open their hearts to God. God would heal them, feed them with His life and they would indeed be filled with all they would ever need. Jesus is trying to tell them that He is the bread of life, the bread sent by God to take care of them. All in all, the attitude of openness is what God is calling these people to experience. If we are open, we will see with new eyes and be able to see God in people and places that we presently reject. If we open our ears we will hear God in places and people we term “ordinary”.

Take time today to be with Christ. Ask Jesus for the grace to be open to hear with His openness and to see with His vision. Be ready to be surprised by the way in which God will be revealed to you today.

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