20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 4 / (Green)
Ps 34:2-3, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
1st Reading: Pro 9:1-6
Wisdom has built her house set upon seven pillars; she has slaughtered her beasts, prepared her wine and laid her table.
Next, she sent her servants to call from the central square of the city, “Pass by here, you who are fools.”
To the senseless she says, “Come, eat and drink of the bread and wine I have prepared.
Give up your foolishness and you will live; take the straight path of discernment.”
2nd Reading: Eph 5:15-20
Pay attention to how you behave. Do not live as the unwise do, but as responsible persons. Try to make good use of the present time, because these days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Do not get drunk: wine leads to levity; but be filled with the Holy Spirit. Gather together to pray, with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing, and celebrate the Lord in your heart, giving thanks to God, the Father, in the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord, always, and for everything.
Gospel: Jn 6:51-58
I am the living bread from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh, and I will give it for the life of the world.”
The Jews were arguing among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
“My flesh is really food, and my blood is truly drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me, and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me, and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread from heaven; not like that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever.”
Read: The theme of discerning runs through the readings today. Wisdom calls us out to take the path of discernment. Paul invites us to understand the will of God and follow it. The eucharistic discourse of Jesus is an invitation to discern the true bread that ensures eternal life.
Reflect: We do meet some people who seem to be inhabiting a world different from ours. When we meet genuinely spiritual people or those who have passionately and “foolishly” [in a worldly sense] dedicated their life to some just cause, we say that they are marching to a different drum. In other words, they are people who have discerned something deeper and beyond the ordinary and perceive life from a higher angle and respond accordingly. Jesus invites us today to apply such discernment in understanding who he is, which would enable us to live life differently meriting eternity.
Pray: Ask God for the gift of discernment of the divine in our everyday life.
Act: Write out a brief reflection on what the Eucharist means for you.
Daily Reflection 2018
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