Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Bread of Life
Today's readings (USCCB)
During this time of the church year the first reading, which is usually from the Old Testament, is from the book of the Acts of the Apostles instead. Today we are continuing the story of the first martyr of the Christian faith, St. Stephen. Stephen is stoned to death while Saul, who will later become the great Apostle Paul, stands by approving. I wish I were better at emulating St. Stephen, I have a hard time forgiving someone who cuts me off in traffic, let alone someone who is truly seeking to kill me! Thankfully we have the example of Saul here as well, there is hope for us, we can repent and turn back to God no matter how serious our sins.
Today's gospel reading continues with the Bread of Life Discourse by Jesus in John chapter 6, this is one of those passages that those who claim to take the bible literally, refuse to take literally. They are all good with the world being created in 6 days less than 10,000 years ago. All good with a talking snake and the ark with all the animals riding out the world wide flood. But for some reason when Jesus says "I am the bread of Life" they are out the door.
Of course as we go on with the readings in John 6 things will just get worse and worse for those who want it to be symbolic, but for now it is enough to say Jesus is the Bread of Life, whoever comes to Him will never hunger and whoever believes in Him will never thirst!
Thanks be to God.