Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 6, 35-40

Jesus answered them: I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst.

But, as I have told you, you can see me and still you do not believe.

Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me; I will certainly not reject anyone who comes to me,

because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of him who sent me.

Now the will of him who sent me is that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me, but that I should raise it up on the last day.

It is my Father's will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and that I should raise that person up on the last day.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today’s Gospel resumes with the last sentence from the Gospel passage to which we listened yesterday and which recalls the words from the Old Testament that speak of the messianic feast prepared by the Lord for his people. The Lord’s promise was finally fulfilled. Jesus, however, also responded to the hunger for salvation hidden in the hearts of people: hunger for meaning, hunger for a life that does not end with death but rather leads to complete happiness. Jesus was the heaven-sent answer that everyone could accept. However the Gospel notes with bitterness that many, although having seen the signs he performed, did not open their hearts to accept his word. And yet, "he drove no one away." Even a little bit was enough for a miracle to happen, just as had happened with only five barley loaves. And whoever drew close was received: it was enough to knock, however feebly, to receive an answer. "Anyone who comes to me I will never drive away," he continues to say. Had he not already said to the crowd that was following him: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest"? Besides, he had come down from heaven for this very reason: to do the will of the Father who had sent him so that he should not lose anything of all that had been entrusted to him. He had to gather up everyone. Thus elsewhere he says: "I am the good shepherd." He came to gather up the lost sheep and lead them to the Kingdom. Saving everyone, not losing one, is the continual labour of the Lord, who does not hesitate to run risks and traverse perilous terrains to save that one lost sheep. This was Jesus’ constant worry. And it remains to be his concern through the Church: to save all people. This missionary eagerness ought to be made much more manifest in our days and engage all disciples. Unfortunately, we are often turned in on ourselves so that we do not understand this passion that is the very heart of Jesus’ mission. Each one of us ought to allow our self to get caught up in this evangelic passion. Jesus also reminds us today that God’s will—that will that too many times we look for in the wrong way—is this: "All who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day." This promise comes true in us while we spend our life, not for ourselves but for others, precisely as Jesus had done.