Hello my brothers and sisters!
I’m absolutely delighted to be back with you all after my extended break because of work and other social commitments. But indeed it is in my tiredness and frustrations that I could fully experience my desire and need for God and the community =D Thank you Nicole and Magdalen for the beautiful session!
Today we read the Gospel passage John 6:60-69 together and resounded the phrases that spoke to us.
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”…. “Does this shock you?”
God our loving Father, invites us to share in the Truth and the Bread of Life. And yet, we repel them, justifying them with our ‘special’ circumstances, societal pressures or with difficult people around us.
“It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.”
As humans, what is immediate to us is the flesh. That short sweet pleasure of the flesh that we can fulfil so easily – and we crave for that. May we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us life where we find true freedom and peace.
“Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.”
At first glance the above could be a really scary and bewildered phrase. It reiterates on how Jesus knows each one of us through and through and He knows our deepest desires. However, we must also remember that Jesus accepts each one of us as who we are and the door to return to Him is always open. Take that step.
“…many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him”
As each of us pray and seek God everyday, it seems strange that people would see Jesus in the flesh and walk away from him. However, we ourselves are in that situation every day of our lives. At times, we find the ways of God most challenging and baffling. Sometimes we fall short of what we know is right. However, take heart that recognizing the moment you are drifting away is a big step to reconciling with God. Be conscious of this every second of your life!
“Do you also want to leave?”
Jesus opens this question to each one of us. What do you choose? A life of truth and freedom? Or a life of struggle and darkness misled by our own fuddled minds.
“Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
And here I present to you Nicole’s favourite song!