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John 6:35-40

The Word of God

Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.'

John 6:35-40
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    • Jesus makes clear that the bread he is giving is his word, which, if accepted, will satisfy. Moving from the metaphorical, Jesus spells out what it means to believe in him and what are the consequences of such belief.
    • The gospel can underpin our prayer. It offers us Christ's assurance that he will raise us all up on the last day because that is the will of his Father.
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    • It is the will of God that nothing should be lost; may I look on everything that is good as a gift from God and an invitation to embrace the life that God offers.
    • So much is offered to God each day! I pray that all people who are blessed may realise their identity and destiny lies in God.
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    • Jesus, you shower me here with an abundance of promises. You are the bread of life for us: you will meet all our deepest needs. What needs? We hunger and thirst for happiness and joy; we want to be welcomed by the Father; we want to live eternally. And all we have to do is to give ourselves over to you for our needs to be satisfied. You are faithful to your promises, because promises are the language of love. Thank you!
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    • For Christians the dead are not gone from our lives forever; they continue to exist and to be part of our community. Some are enjoying the fullness of life with Christ in heaven; others are awaiting that enjoyment in a state that Catholics call purgatory. We pray today that their wait may be short-lived.
    • The gospel can underpin our prayer. It offers us Christ's assurance that he will raise us all up on the last day because that is the will of his Father.
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    • It is not unusual nowadays for bread to be presented as ‘artisan’, ‘craft’ or ‘speciality’ or for people to make lifestyle choices to avoid it; it ceases to be a humble food when given such attention. When Jesus speaks about bread he is not speaking about selection and preference but is asking us to identify our essential nourishment and to recognise that it lies in him. Our prayer helps us to know what we really need and to recognise God as its source. We look beyond our preferences and selections, our comforts and wants, and, learning what we really need, trust in God to feed us and to lead us into life.
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    • It is hard for me to understand what this means, ‘to be raised up on the last day’. I pray for the trust I need, for the faith to believe that God is working only for my good and lasting happiness.
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    • Jesus seeks to draw those who listened to him into a profound relationship. He asks them to believe in his wonderful promises about eternal life.
    • Jesus, you invite me to partake in a life that is indestructible. I am to share in the very life of God. This sharing has already begun. May my life and prayer witness that I belong where you are. Bring me – and all others - home to you.
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    • The whole life of Jesus is a response to the pull, the polar attraction of the Father's will. Remaining completely faithful to the Father is what nourishes and sustains him. When we pray, we seek to find and do the Father's will ourselves, not to bring God round to doing ours.
    • In Jesus' life of complete obedience to the Father, we recognize our own call and our true identity as human beings. He has come to draw each one of us to the Father. Everything he says and does is for this purpose. He never drives us away.
    • I ask Jesus to help me to be as he was: not self-serving on some personal project, but doing the will of God.
    • It may be that in my prayer I recognise what is enduring, what is at the heart of life. I may glimpse what it means to live in eternal life, seeing my experience of God’s Spirit as the inheritance I am promised.

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