Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God.


 
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 
 

Opening Prayer 

I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall not hunger; he who believes in me shall not thirst. No one can come to me unless the Father draw him. I am the resurrection, I am the life. He who believes in me even if he die, he shall live for ever. Amen.

 

Reading

John 6:24-35

Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him, God the Father, has placed his seal of approval.” 

 

 

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

Reflection

Never has the Eucharist meant more to me than on the first time I received communion after churches reopened from the pandemic. Tears rolled down my face as I received, so very conscious of the fact that Jesus had once again, in a very tangible way, entered into me.

I was always of the belief that Jesus was a part of me and came into my life through relationships with other people and with the environment. I still believe that but because of the lack of receiving Jesus into me through partaking of the Eucharist, I felt lost somehow in my relationship. Something was missing and I couldn’t put my finger on it. I wondered what it was about until receiving that first post pandemic Eucharist.

I now know and deeply believe that a piece of me will always be missing if I don’t partake in this sacramental meal. I will not take this for granted. I will pray for those who wish to receive Jesus and for a variety of reasons, not in my realm of experience, cannot. I truly know that for me, Jesus is the bread of life and with him, I will never hunger!

Closing Prayer

Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who has come into the world. You are the Bread of Life! Amen.  
 

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