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dc.contributor.authorGardiner, Daviden_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 278en_US
dc.description.abstractIn whole of today's chapter from John, Jesus not only performs numerous miracles--loaves and fishes, walking on water--but tells his followers and apostles repeatedly that he is "the bread of life," replacing the manna so that "whoever comes to me shall never be hungry" (Jn 6:35). It's this teaching that Jesus repeats preceding today's reading, stressing that "the bread which I will give is my own flesh."|| As a professor, I enjoy the challenge of afternoons when I teach writings that I love, that I've sometimes been reading for more than twenty years, and that have come to define a part of me. There are also those afternoons when I wonder, 'why don't you people get this?" |Reading this, one of my favorite of all books--the Gospel of John--I tune into this moment when Jesus, as a teacher, reveals a most central teaching and the reactions of those around him. Some simply leave and even though all the disciples stay, even they--as the text reveals just after--can't be counted on.| So, like those good old bracelets say, what does Jesus do? Nothing. He knows some people don't get it; he knows some of those closest to him not only don't get it, but will bring about his downfall. And he keeps on teaching and showing through his works. Perhaps it isn't exactly nothing, but Jesus does not intervene in the actions of those people who choose to walk away or try to stop him. He continues the work that He was sent to do. "The words I have given you are both spirit and life," Jesus says in the midst of this conundrum. There is a patience, and indeed incredible love, in the middle of this mystery that teaches me as both teacher and student. |Writing this today, I can't help but think that too much in today's world is not simple. But as a humanist, I believe that people haven't changed all that much. As a great teacher, Jesus teaches to do the work you're called to do at the highest level. And if people don't sometimes get it, I don't presume to think I am in such good company; but I do have the discipline and amp; the continuing mystery of the example.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 Saturday, April 28, 2007: 3rd week in Easter.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGardiner, Daviden_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local1Acts 9:31-42en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17en_US
dc.subject.local4John 6:60-69en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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