No Complaints...Only Faith.

First Reading Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Psalm Psalm 34:15-22 Second Reading Ephesians 6:10-20 Gospel John 6:56-69 “The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen We have moved through the Bread of Life discourse and heard the Good News of bread come down from heaven, flesh given to the world, a perpetual banquet offered so that none will be hungry or thirsty, and those that partake of this bread will live forever. Yet in the face of this gift from God, we also hear complaining. How will you feed all these people? We don’t have the resources.

Words to the Wise

First Reading Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm Psalm 34:9-14 Second Reading Ephesians 5:15-20 Gospel John 6:51-58 “Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen Today’s gospel is the third of four weeks in a row from the Bread of Life discourse. It may seem repetitive. The metaphor of bread may be getting stale. Some may be ready to go gluten free. But we should take note ... John's repetition and the lectionary's attention to the Bread of Life indicates how important this subject is for believers. A

Eat your Spiritual Vegetables. They are Good for You.

First Reading: 1 Kings 19: 4-8 Psalm: Psalm 34: 1-8 Second Reading: Ephesians 4: 25-5:2 Gospel: John 6:35, 41-51 In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. When I was a young boy, I was not fond of Brussels sprouts. No, that is not strong enough. I hated Brussels sprouts. If I could go back and ask my 8 year old self, I might say, “they’re supposed to be good for you, so they can’t taste good.” Perhaps I might have said they smell funny. There is something just not right about them. They look like little, tiny cabbages, and at the time, I was not so fond of cabbage either. I had a deep distrust of Brussels sprouts. Of course, with time, my tastes changed. I have even been known

Relationship in Christ is the Bread of Life

First Reading Exodus 16:2-4,9-15 Psalm Psalm 78:23-29 Second Reading Ephesians 4:1-16 Gospel John 6:24-35 “So they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.” Ps 78:29 In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen. I imagine each of us has been approached by someone in need. On a downtown street, at the gas station, or outside the Church door, someone has probably come up to each of us with an outstretched hand. I’m sure we have all seen a person on the side of the road at the end of the off-ramp with a sign requesting help. If you are like me, all sorts of thoughts begin to bubble up ... they say they a

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