Psalm: 119:121-144
Gospel: John 6:27-40
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a letter of St. Maximus the Confessor

The bread of Life 🙂 (C’mon I have to have some fun with this blog)

Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; 38for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. (John 6:37-38)

Part of me is lazy…..but the more substantial part of me wants you to just read the Patristic reflection offered by Maximus tonight (scroll down to reading II once you click on the link.) It is written beautifully and certainly puts the Gospel lection in perspective. Jesus came to reconcile us to God, and so that God’s glory could be revealed through his words and his actions.

As is typical for John, the Jewish people are totally clueless and cannot understand the message. The irony is intentional both as a plot device for the narrative and as a way to call attention to God’s mission to the world. A wake up call to recognize the open arms with which the Father waits for us….and the joy that awaits us after the hard work of Repentance. The bread of Life can only be given to those who can accept that Jesus is ready to forgive, no matter what and that we are called to do the same.+