Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

“You have the message of eternal life.”

The consequence of the Bread of Life discourse that we have listened to is that many of the followers of Jesus find it intolerable and no longer follow him. When Jesus asks the twelve if they too want to walk away, Peter responds with a commitment of faith – ‘Lord who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe.’ The question that the reading put before us this week is about our choice to either follow Jesus or not. Do we stay with Peter or leave with the others? Only you can answer that question for yourself.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

Then Joshua said to all the people: If you will not serve the Lord, choose today whom you wish to serve, whether the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are now living. As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

  • Who are the gods the people serve today?
  • Have you ever found yourself worshipping a false god?
  • When have you declared that you will serve the Lord?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about serving him.

 

Monday.

The Lord turns his eyes to the just and his ears to their appeal. The 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. (Psalm 33: 18-20)

  • When has the Lord has listened to your appeal?
  • What distresses you? Ask the Lord to rescue you from it.
  • Who is broken-hearted? Ask the Lord to be close to them.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his closeness to you.

 

Tuesday. 

That is the way Christ treats the Church, because it is his body – and we are its living parts. For this reason, a man must leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one body. This mystery has many implications; but I am saying it applies to Christ and the Church.  (Ephesians 5:29-32)

  • Reflect on being part of Christ’s body.
  • Reflect on marriage as a union of two into one body.
  • Reflect on how marriage is a Sacrament.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about being one with you.

 

Wednesday.

After hearing his doctrine many of the followers of Jesus said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it? Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it. (John 6: 60-61)

  • What teachings of Jesus do you find intolerable?
  • Are there parts of the teaching of Jesus that you can’t accept?
  • Reflect on Jesus awareness of your complaining.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his acceptance of you.

 

Thursday.

‘It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.’ (John 6:63-64)

  • What does the flesh having nothing to offer mean to you?
  • When has the Word been spirit and life for you?
  • Who in your life doesn’t believe? Do you understand why?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his belief in you.

 

Friday

Jesus went on, ‘This is why I told you that no one could come to me unless the Father allows him. After saying this many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him. (John 6:65-66)

  • Have you ever stopped following the Lord? What happened?
  • Many of the disciples have stopped coming to Mass. Why?
  • How did the Father allow you to follow the Lord?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about your discipleship.

 

Saturday

Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too? Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:67-68)

  • What convinces you to remain a follower of the Lord?
  • Can you prayerfully repeat the words of Peter as your own?
  • Reflect on your belief in the Lord.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his desire for you.
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