Daily Reflection April 9 2008: Wednesday the Third Week of Easter

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Collect of the Day:

Merciful Lord, hear the prayers of your people. May we who have received your gift of faith share for ever the new life of Christ.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever One God world without end. Amen.

Today’s Readings:

First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 8:1-8: They went from place to place preaching the Good News.

The Gospel: John 6:35-40: This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son will have eternal life.

Today’s Gospel starts with Jesus telling the crowd:

“I am the bread of life.”

As we discussed yesterday, Jesus just the day before had fed the multitude with just two barley loaves and five fishes, now having met their material needs he wishes to satisfy a deeper void in their lives, their spiritual hunger. This gift which He first offered to these people nearly two thousand years ago is the same gift which out of His Divine Mercy He stills offers us today.

This passage is filled with hope, especially one line touches my heart deeply and in fact could almost sum up the Mission Statement of the Reformed Catholic Church. Jesus tells us:

“And whoever comes to me I shall not turn them away.”

What a wonderful promise we have here from Our Blessed Lord, that all who seek Him shall not be rejected. This almost makes my heart burst with joy. That we have a God who knows our inner most thoughts and emotions, who sees all our failures and triumphs and accepts us as we are regardless of the past. But during my years as a Priest I have heard many that tell that they are so bad that Jesus could never love them, or that the Church roof would collapse if they dared enter.

This is not the case at all regardless of where you find your self or what others may have told you. Jesus loves you. Many people have heard preached the wrath of a God who loves to smite, where is the Good News in that? We cannot scare people into loving God. St. Augustine tells us:

“If we are brought to Christ by force, we believe without wanting to. This is violence, not freedom.”

God does not wish this for the Human Race regardless of what the ‘Fire and Brimstone’ club would have us think the Prophet Joel tells us:

“And rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil”.

I would like to leave you with a final thought from the Apostle St. Paul to ponder:

“He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love”

Here we are told that God chose us all not just a select few before the foundation of the world. Just think about that God thought of you and I before the foundation of the world. Out of all things God could have created he chose to make us. Doesn’t that just blow your mind? So remember that the next time you feel unworthy of Christ’s love. Today I will let Jesus have the last word:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Msgr. Ian+

Closing Prayer:

Lord God, stand by your people on whom you have bestowed the gift of faith. Grant them their eternal heritage in the Resurrection of your only Son.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever One God world without end. Amen.

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