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dc.contributor.authorMahowald, Paulen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 275en_US
dc.description.abstractThe readings in the Easter season are from Acts in the first reading and from John in the gospel reading. I have often felt that there seems to be much repetition in the readings in the Easter season from John's gospel. In fact, today's gospel is the fifth time in eight consecutive weekdays with a selection from chapter six - "The Bread of Life."||The chapter begins with John's description of the multiplication of five barley loaves and a couple of fish. Today's reading emphasizes that Jesus has come down from heaven to do the will of the Father. We reflect on our own will when we receive Holy Communion: that this is the will of God to share this meal in memory of the message and sacrifice Jesus left us with on the cross.|This sign of God's power and support of Jesus' mission reaches the conclusion (later this week) with the multiple expressions of " ... unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you will not have life everlasting." But it is in this comment by Jesus also referred to in today's text that some of his disciples no longer followed him. There were so many moments in the recent passion story when friends, disciples and others no longer followed him. And here after the Resurrection in the 21st century we note that this still occurs. Consider, for example, the many Christian denominations, many of which do not believe in the emphatic claim of Jesus in John 6 that he is "the Bread of Life!"|The first reading from Acts is just before Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus. The church in Jerusalem is being persecuted so the believers are "scattered throughout the countryside." Just north of Jerusalem, in the region of Samaria, Philip (not the apostle but the deacon, cf., Acts 6:5) is well-received as he describes Jesus as the Messiah for whom they all have been waiting. Because of the faith of the listeners many miracles and cures were happening in this region. This acceptance comes from the part of Israel about which the Jews were so judgmental. The salvation won for all of us included the Northern Kingdom (called Samaria in this text) and indeed all people of good will.|In both readings today we see that trusting in the message of Jesus is rewarding. In Samaria there are many cures from so many ailments. In the gospel we ourselves are blessed for our faith in the reception of the Eucharist, knowing that this is the will of God that Jesus obeys in remaining with us in this sacrament.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Wednesday, April 21, 2010: 3rd week in Easter.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSt. John's Parishen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMahowald, Paul A.en_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local1Acts 8:1b-8en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7aen_US
dc.subject.local4John 6:35-40en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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