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Believing in Lord’s Words

HOMILY ON THE 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

BELIEVING IN THE LORD’S WORDS.

After Jesus’multiplication and statement that the bread he will give is His flesh for the life of the world, many of His disciples did not believe in His words. They no longer accompanied Him except for Peter, a representative for all believers.

Let’s look in to why many disciples did not believe Jesus’ words and what they would do if they believed.

 

WHY MANY DISCIPLES DID NOT BELIEVE JESUS’ WORDS

Many Jews and disciples did not believe in Jesus’ words only because they believed in things more logical. They said: “ Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? (Jn 6:42); “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” (Jn 6:52).

They would have believed Jesus’ words if they unerstood the personification Jesus imples on the bread but they didn’t believe him because there was no evidence. But if they did not believe, they will have no way to deny Him when He ascend to where He was before (Jn 6:62).

On the contrary, St.Peter so believed that he affirmed: “ Master, to whom I shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God” (Jn 6:68,69).

WHAT DID THEY DO IF THEY BELIEVED?

In the old days, Joshua’s household and Jews believed and served God because they saw the sign of freeing them from slavery at Egypt and from the enemy such as Ammorites, Canaanites and Hittites…(Josh 24: 1-2a,15-17,18a).

According to Jesus’words, believing in Jesus’ words is coming to Him but there is no such coming to Him unless God grants it.(Jn 6: 65). And, if belief is a favor, people must be humble to pray to God.

According to St. John, believing in Jesus’words is accompanying Him but many of His disciples, hearing about “ eating the flesh of man” did not accompany Him (Jn 6: 66).

Finally, to St Paul, believing in Jesus is subordinate to Him: “ As Church is subordinate to Christ (Eph 3: 24) because “The two shall become one flesh” (Eph 5: 31) by the Holy Communion.

Written by fr.Jos. Dang Van Rao.

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  1. Nguyễn Văn Mơ
    Tháng Tám 26, 2012 lúc 11:33 sáng

    OUR SUNDAY CELEBRATION

    Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

    ‘THE HOLY ONE OF GOD.’ It was very difficult for the Jewish people to accept Jesus’ teaching that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood if they are to have life. The Twelve accepted his teaching, not because they understood it but because they believed in him. Having seen his signs they believed that he was the Holy One of God. May Christ heal our unbelief that we too may accept his saving words even when we do not understand them fully.

    Resp Psalm Ps 33:2-3, 16-23. R. v. 9

    R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

    1. I will bless the Lord at all times, / his praise always on my lips; / in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. / The humble shall hear and be glad. R.

    2. The Lord turns his face against the wicked / to destroy their remembrance from the earth./ The Lord turns his eyes to the just / and his ears to the appeal. R.

    3.They call and the Lord hears / and rescues them in all their distress. / The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; / those whose spirit is crushed he will save. R.

    4. Many are the trials of the just man / but from them all the Lord will rescue him. / He will keep guard over all his bones, / not one of his bones shall be broken. R.

    5. Evil brings death to the wicked; / those who hate the good are doomed. / The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants. / Those who hide in him shall not be condemned. R.

    Communion Antiphon cf. Ps 103:13-15

    The earth is replete with the fruits of your work, O Lord;
    you bring forth bread from the earth and wine to cheer the heart.

    The World of the Gospel

    BELIEVING INSTEAD OF MURMURING

    Jesus makes claims that can be understood only in terms of his origin. He is ‘the bread that came down from heaven,’ because his origin is the Father, who is from above. His opponents will not consider that as a possibility: they know that his father is Joseph, who is from Nazareth. Their unbelief is described as ‘murmuring’ ( Greek goggyzo).Their murmuring recalls the behaviour of the Israelites in the wilderness who ‘murmured’ against Moses when they had no water to drink ( Ex 15:24) and no food to eat (Ex 16:3). This was a sign of their rebellion – not just against Moses and Aaron but against God himself. ‘Your murmuring is not against us, but against the Lord,’ Moses told them ( Ex 16:8).

    Jesus reproaches the Jews for the same ‘ murmuring’. In rejecting Jesus’ claim of being the bread come down from heaven, the Jews are rejecting not only him but God himself who sends Jesus as the One who makes everlasting life possible.

    The prophets had foretold: ‘They shall all be taught by God’ (Is 54:13). Just as God taught Israel through the Torah, now he teaches the people through Jesus his Son who alone truly reveals him. Jesus asks the Jews to listen to God by believing in him. It is not the Torah that gives life but Jesus, the true bread from heaven, who came to make the Father known and, in so doing, surpasses the former gift of manna, considered bread from heaven. Instead of murmuring, they should believe in Jesus and find eternal life in him.

    Fr Gil Alinsangan SSP

  2. Nguyen Van Mo
    Tháng Tám 27, 2012 lúc 5:16 sáng

    Thought of the day

    ” To numb depression and anxiety
    I DRINK
    But the awful sadness never goes away.”

  3. Nguyen Van Mo
    Tháng Tám 28, 2012 lúc 1:24 sáng

    MORNING PRAYER

    We cannot always understand the reasons for the suffering that we must endure, and sometimes we are left with feelings of dismay and wonderment. But when we enjoy the good fortune of life, we rarely doubt your wisdom, and so we need you to show us that you are still here, now, fighting for us, amid the loss and chaos resulting from these fires. May those who are suffering feel the kiss and comfort of your presence,
    Amen.

  4. Nguyen Van Mo
    Tháng Tám 29, 2012 lúc 1:36 sáng

    MORNING PRAYER

    You are very powerful because you made this earth,
    me and everyone else in this world.
    You are powerful in your own way.
    You make it rain, hail or shine.
    You are great because you made this earth where
    we live and all things are beatiful.
    Amen.

  5. Nguyen Van Mo
    Tháng Tám 30, 2012 lúc 3:08 sáng

    MORNING PRAYER

    Christ, our Savior, come thou to dwell within us,
    That we may go forth with the light of thy hope in our eyes,
    And thy faith and love in our hearts.

    Gregorian Sacramentary

  6. Nguyen Van Mo
    Tháng Tám 30, 2012 lúc 11:54 chiều

    MORNING PRAYER

    HERE and NOW

    This is the place and this is the time;
    here and now God waits to break into our experience:
    To change our minds, to change our lives, to change our ways;
    To make us to see the world and the whole of life in a new light;
    To file us with hope, joy and certainty for the future
    This is the place, as are all places;
    This is the time, as are all times
    O God of this place, and every place,
    God of this time, and all time, here and now, we praise you.

  7. Nguyen Van Mo
    Tháng Chín 3, 2012 lúc 5:13 sáng

    MORNING PRAYER

    God, you created us with a capacity for joy that has no limits.
    Help us to remember that true joy and inner freedom that comes
    from loving relationships, with other people and you.
    When we feel sad, depressed, lonely or frustrated,
    remind us to turn to you and to other people who can help us
    deal with our problems in a positive way.

    Amen

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