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DG BookGospel: John 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in
me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, even when you have seen. Yet all those whom the
Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do


my own will, but the will of the One who sent me. And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what he has given me,
but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live eternal life;
and I will raise him up on the last day.”

 

Reflection:

 

We have a couple of promises in today’s gospel. That as per his
Father’s will, Jesus will not lose anyone whom the Father has
given him; that he will never turn away anyone who comes
to him. But then, how do we reconcile these promises with
the outright rejection that Jesus warns about, in Lk 13:22-28: That
many would come and knock at his door, saying that they had
preached him and dined with him; but he would reject them
saying “I don’t know you. Away from me”? As Jesus cannot
contradict himself, we can only conclude that the latter group
came to him, focusing on him as their object to use, and never as
their subject to adore; or, in other words, in their “coming to him”
they were only narcissistically coming to themselves. The
rejection of even those who dined with him must caution us
about the true motives of even our eucharistic engagement.

 

 

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