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John 6:44-51

The Word of God

Jesus said, 'No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.'

John 6:44-51
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    • In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus teaches that his Father draws one to believe and that those who believe in Him (Jesus) have everlasting life. He reiterates the point that he is the bread of life from heaven, and that those who eat this bread (listen to and accept his word) will not die. How do you understand this?
    • Our prayer is not our own initiative, but is itself a response to God who draws us. God draws me to what is true, to what is life-giving, to what is loving.
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    • 'No one can come to me except “drawn” by the Father who sent me.' We are drawn to the Father, we have an in-built sat-nav' for God – the gadget that guides our cars to our destination. Saint Ignatius expressed this being 'drawn' in a different way - “God taught me directly like a schoolmaster”.
    • Slow down and listen for inner guidance. Being drawn to the Father simultaneously draws us to Jesus and through Him to the Father.
    • Next time you marvel at how a sat-nav guides you to your destination, remember that you have an inner sat-nav that is guiding you home to God. Ask yourself 'Are you listening and do you trust it?’
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    • The Father is drawing me always towards his Son: that is why I am now at prayer! I watch flower bulbs growing: they are drawn by the warmth of the sun. I watch children learning: they are drawn by the love of knowledge and truth. I watch people who have fallen in love: each is being drawn by the goodness of the other. I can also grow in sensitivity to the drawing of God in the depths of my heart. God is out ahead of me, drawing me forward into ever fuller development and deeper dimensions of loving.
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    • All our practices of prayer - our liturgies, disciplines and habits - are like school buses; they bring us to where a special kind of learning happens: we need to be present, ready, eager to go to receive truth. Jesus tells us that God wants to be the teacher of each person, desires to speak heart to heart.
    • Our prayer is not our own initiative, but is itself a response to God who draws us, we’re invited to leave home so that we might learn and be drawn more fully into life.
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    • When you feel drawn to something good, it is God who is drawing you. The drawing may be felt as a tug on the heart, or as a good idea. Perhaps it is a kind word that gives courage. God draws me to what is true, to what is life-giving, to what is loving. I am being drawn all the time, and so is everyone else. This is how God works in our world.
    • What is the ‘eternal life’ which Jesus talks about? It means that we enter a relationship with him, which deepens as life develops. This relationship will be perfected at the end of our lives, when we will be filled with God, and live with the three divine Persons and everyone else forever.
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    • Lord, you are starting to open to me what the Eucharist can mean: a pledge of eternal life, and nourishment for my daily journey, as well as the viaticum that will strengthen me for my last journey, to you.
    • We live two lives - the flesh and the spirit, earthly and eternal. Faith in God is life-giving. It gives energy to the everyday, to the commonplace. The struggle to do good and to live a gospel-centred life is nourished by our faith. Prayer is a time to be aware of the life which is eternal. Moments of prayer bring us in touch with the eternal within us, and the eternal around us, the atmosphere of the risen Christ.
    • Jesus lives in the shadow of eternity and calls on our faith that we will live forever. The call of love and the experience of love in life hints at something more than human, of a mystery totally linked to God. The bread of life is the gift of God's life on earth. In opening ourselves to the word of God and the bread of God we are gifted and graced with the love that lasts forever.
    • We were created for nothing in this world. Jesus is constantly pointing us beyond this world to the Father, promising to 'raise us up on the last day', offering us eternal life. All this is our destiny. It is not some kind of 'reward' for this life, added on, but organically linked to this life and how we live now. We grow towards this new way of living through Jesus.
    • We watch Jesus gradually inviting his hearers to understand what he means by saying that he is the bread of life. First, he opens them up to awareness of their need. Then he offers himself. Am I self-sufficient or do I know my need? Do I hunger for this bread?
    • As blessed as the people in the desert were, even greater blessings are offered to me. I am accompanied on the pilgrimage of my life by the one who feeds me with living bread.
    • I am not called to become familiar with Jesus and admire him. I am invited right in to the heart of God.

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