21st Sunday Ordinary Time Year B 2018

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Gospel Reflection for 21st Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B, August 26th 2018


John 6:60-69


We may have favourite scripture or gospel words. One person in bad times always repeated ‘Cast your care upon the Lord and he will strengthen you.’ she prayed this all during her life.

Another person close to death repeated ‘Into your hands o Lord, I commend my spirit’.

The words of Jesus are ‘spirit and they are life’. The word of Jesus is forgiving, loving and caring; it is a challenge to us also, and always spoken to the heart.

Daily reading of the gospel is a way of bringing life and energy to our ordinary life. The words of Jesus in the gospel are privileged gateways into the life of God and the Holy Spirit ‘poured into our hearts.’

Maybe read a psalm every day (or take the Sunday psalm and pray a bit of it each day); these are echoes of the Lord which reach our heart, like listening again and again to a favourite bit of music or a song. They are reminders also, as a gospel story may be, of times when the Lord was close to us in his word, spoken to all of us, especially in the gospel.

As you hear the readings at Mass, you may find a word or phrase which you can bring home with you; words such as these bring life to the soul.

Speak, o Lord, your servant is listening.

Donal Neary SJ

Editor of The Sacred Heart Messenger and National Director of The Apostleship of Prayer