Daily Gospel (1651)
Gospel: Mt 11:16-19
Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their
companions complain: ‘We played the flute for you but you would not dance. We sang a funeral song but you would not cry!’
Gospel: Jn 12:44–50
Yet Jesus had said, and even cried out, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me. And whoever
sees me, sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
Gospel: Jn 10:22–30
The time came for the feast of the Dedication. It was winter, and Jesus walked back and forth in the portico of Solomon.
The Jews then gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in doubt? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Gospel: Jn 10:1–10
Truly, I say to you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a
robber. But the shepherd of the sheep enters by the gate. The keeper opens the gate to him and the sheep hear his voice;
he calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them,
Gospel: Jn 10:11-18
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. Not so the hired hand, or any other person who is not the shepherd, and to
whom the sheep do not belong. They abandon the sheep as soon as they see the wolf coming; then the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep. This is
because the hired hand works for pay and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the
Gospel: Jn 6:60-69
After hearing this, many of Jesus’ followers said, “This language is very hard! Who can accept it?” Jesus was aware that
his disciples were murmuring about this, and so he said to them, “Does this offend you? Then how will you react when you
see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, not the flesh.
The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” From
the beginning, Jesus knew who would betray him. So he added, “As I have told you, no one can come to me unless it is
granted by the Father.” After this many disciples withdrew and no longer followed him. Jesus asked the Twelve, “Will you also
go away?” Peter answered him, “Lord, to who shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We now believe and know that
you are the Holy One of God.”
In the end, many who cannot stand the preaching of Jesus have to
leave. It does not jibe with their long held belief. They are not strong enough to
let go of what they already have. With a heavy heart, Jesus asks His closest
collaborators, the Twelve. Will they also leave? Peter on behalf of the others
answered that which will be the answer of future followers of the Lord. His
teachings may be hard but He has the words of eternal life. Inconvenience
brought about by a change of perspectives is nothing compared to receiving His
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Gospel: Jn 6:52-59
The Jews were arguing among themselves, “How can this man give us his
flesh to eat?” So Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the
Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my
flesh and drinks my blood have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is really
food, and my blood is truly drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me, and I in
them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me, and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me
will have life from me. This is the bread from heaven; not like that of your ancestors, who ate and
later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever.” Jesus spoke in this way inCapernaum when
he taught them in the synagogue.
The literal minded will always misunderstand the teachings geared for
the health of the spirit. For spiritual language is more often than not, symbolic.
It is creative discourse. You need spiritual aesthetics to relish its full import.
Thus the Jews misunderstands the language of Jesus. They think in a simple
and elementary way. The flesh for them is human flesh. While Jesus’ words
will later find meaning in the Eucharistic banquet. Thus arguments pile up.
Resistance grows until disagreement becomes violent. Jesus knows that it
is a futile battle. It is a waste of energy. But He goes on anyway. His fidelity to His
mission is not dependent on public opinion but on His love for the Father who
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Gospel: Jn 6:44–51
No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will
raise him up on the last day. It has been written in the Prophets: They shall all be
taught by God. So whoever listens and learns from the Father comes to me.
Gospel: Jn 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
Gospel: Jn 6:30–35
They then said, “Show us miraculous signs, that we may see and believe you. What sign do you perform?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert; as Scripture says: They were given bread from heaven to eat.”
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven.
Gospel: Jn 6:22–29
Next day the people, who had stayed on the other side, realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not
entered it with his disciples; but rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Other boats from Tiberias landed near the place where
all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and
Gospel: Lk 24:35–48
Then the two told what had happened on the road to Emmaus, and how Jesus had made himself known, when he broke bread with them.
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their midst. (He said to them, “Peace to you.”) In their panic and fright they
thought they were seeing a ghost, but he said to them, “Why are you upset, and how does such an idea cross your minds? Look at my
Gospel: Jn 6:16–21
When evening came, the disciples went down to the shore. After a while they got into a boat to make for Capernaum on
the other side of the sea, for it was now dark and Jesus had not yet come to them. But the sea was getting rough because a strong
wind was blowing. They had rowed about three or four miles, when they saw Jesus walking on the sea, and he was drawing near
Gospel: Jn 6:1–15*
(...) Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Then lifting up his eyes, Jesus saw the crowds that were coming to
him, and said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread so that these people may eat?” He said this to test Philip, for he himself
knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred silver coins would not buy enough bread for each of them