Gospel Meditation

August 8, 2021
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The lens through which we view life makes a difference. It also determines who we choose to learn from and what we allow to shape our thoughts and feelings. For many, life is simply what it appears to be, a given that either through evolution or some other means just came to be. There is no apparent rhyme or reason to things and things can be dissected and understood only in terms of what they empirically present. To the person using this lens, a tree is a tree and a flower is a flower. Their composition and existence can be understood only to the extent that current human knowledge allows. Through this lens, what gives life purpose and meaning? This lens has an essentially unknown beginning and definite end. Once those are accepted, the middle becomes some kind of pursuit of happiness, with values and principles being things that are self-created and found acceptable. 

But there is a Divine lens that also exists and deserves mention. It is found when one stumbles upon faith and begins to see things differently. This lens is of God and reveals a Divine Energy and Life that flows through and in all things. Faith then shows us that all that lives come from this one Source of Love.  This is the only true lens that can give human beings the purpose and meaning they desperately need. From this perspective, all of life is much more than what is immediately apparent! It now tells and reveals a story about God generous, creative, and unconditional love! The unfolding of the human story is the unfolding of God’s story. What meaning our lives have when they are viewed as a part of God’s love affair with humanity! We are indeed special.

The lens of our faith asks us to learn from Jesus Christ. Jesus, as the real Bread of Life, shows us our eternal destiny and completes and frames our lives. It is only in allowing ourselves to be taught by Jesus, that faith, hope, and love take on much greater importance. All the relationships in our lives are now structured and ordered using God’s primary commandment of love. Jesus, then, is not just some man who lived at some point in history. Jesus is the incarnate Son of God who shows us the way, the truth, and the life. Using this lens changes things up a great deal. Looking at the creation that surrounds you and the special unique people you love, what is God trying to teach you about His love for you and the eternal life He wants you to have?

©LPi

MEDITACIÓN EVANGÉLICO (Gospel Meditation)

8 de agosto 2021
19º Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

El ser humano por naturaleza es terco y obstinado, de corazón duro y le resulta muy difícil creer en las realidades que vive. Por ejemplo: ya ha pasado más de un año de estar viviendo esta pandemia y aún existen personas que no creen en ella. Han perdido la vida miles de personas alrededor del mundo y muchos siguen obstinados en su propio círculo. “¡Mientras a mí no me toque, que importan los demás!”. La experiencia que hemos estado viviendo nos invita al cambio; es tiempo de darnos cuenta que somos frágiles y que la ciencia y la medicina, sin el poder Dios, no quedan en nada.

Hoy, en el Evangelio, Jesús insiste en dar a conocer a los de su tiempo, y a nosotros, que él es el Pan bajado del cielo para dar vida. Pero la gente seguía en su misma terquedad. No lo escucharon, mucho menos abrieron los ojos para ver. “Conocemos a su padre y a su madre, ¿no es cierto?  Él no es sino Jesús, el hijo de José. ¿Cómo puede decir que ha bajado del cielo?” (Juan 6:42). Que terrible confusión, para ellos era imposible darse cuenta de lo que Jesús seguía anunciando: “Yo soy el pan vivo bajado del cielo. El que coma de este pan vivirá para siempre. El pan que yo daré es mi carne, y lo daré para la vida del mundo” (Juan 6:51). Bien, y ahora, ¿qué sigue? Yo creo que debemos reflexionar en la siguiente pregunta: ¿Por qué mucha gente que asiste a Misa no comulga? Quizá porque no cree que Cristo es el verdadero pan del cielo. Recordemos que la Eucaristía es el alimento espiritual para la jornada. ¡Acerquémonos a este Pan!

©LPi

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