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<< Sunday, August 24, 1997 >> 21st Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-17, 18
Psalm 34

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Ephesians 5:21-32
John 6:60-69

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"A LIFE OF FAITH" (Gal 2:20)

 
"Does it shake your faith?" —John 6:61
 

When Jesus talks about His eucharistic presence, people exclaim: "This sort of talk is hard to endure! How can anyone take it seriously?" (Jn 6:60) However, Jesus refuses to re-phrase the revelation of His eucharistic presence. He insists that the issue is not His words but our faith in His words (see Jn 6:61). He challenges us not to think about His words merely with our human capabilities, for "the flesh is useless" (Jn 6:63) and His words "are spirit and life" (Jn 6:63).

Faith in Jesus' eucharistic presence is a matter of hearing God's word in the light of the Spirit, for faith comes through hearing and hearing through the word of God (Rm 10:17). Thus, Peter responded to Jesus' challenge to believe by saying: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (Jn 6:68). We believe in Jesus' eucharistic presence because we have faith in what we have heard (see Gal 3:5) and in Jesus Who is speaking.

When we walk by God's word and not by sight, then we walk by faith (see 2 Cor 5:7). If we walk by sight, we walk away from Jesus (see Jn 6:66). If we walk by faith, we walk with Jesus. Don't live by what you see but by faith in Jesus, the Word.

 
Prayer: Father, my sight makes me susceptible to optical illusions. By Your word, protect me from being deceived.
Promise: "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." —Jos 24:15
Praise: Alleluia! The tomb is empty! The stone is rolled away! Jesus is risen! Alleluia!
 
(As an aid to living in faith and growing in prayer, order our book, Conversion- Conversations.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 1, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 4, 1997
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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