April 18, 2018
Gospel: Jn 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, even when you have seen. Yet all those whom the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me.
And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what he has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day.”
WHOEVER COMES TO ME SHALL NOT BE TURNED AWAY
I am sure all of us have experienced riding in a car and a beggar comes to our window. How do we feel if we have turned that person away? I have asked our drivers to put some crackers or biscuits in all the cars of the school or priory so that we don’t have to turn anyone empty handed. I am sure many of us or maybe all of us have experienced being turned away, being rejected, being refused help, made to feel one does not belong. It is a frustrating feeling which takes out energy from us, making us lose hope. It is such a consolation to know that we can go to Someone who will not turn us away, who will in some way give us a feeling of hope and a feeling of belonging. It is awesome that we are all capable of giving that feeling to someone — that we can choose to accept a person, give a person help he or she needs, of making someone feel hope. What a pity if we do not use this gift, this power to give a person hope and consolation.