8 AUG 2021: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1 Kgs 19:4-8; Eph 4:30-5:2; JN 6:41-51.
The late – (and fallen-away Catholic) — comedian George Carlin once said, “The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.”
There’s sort of a family argument going on with Jesus about another kind of food. There is murmuring against him because his critics know his family. How can he claim to be the bread of life, offering bread from heaven?
But, as with making radical changes to our physical diet, to really have our diet changed by the Bread of Life is to see some changes: out with murmuring, bitterness, anger, malice, mentioned in the second reading from Ephesians, for example, and in with kindness, compassion and forgiveness. If our lives are constantly fed by this diet with Jesus, the Bread of Life, we are going to look more and more as “not human beings having a spiritual experience,” but “spiritual beings having a human experience,” as the Jesuit theologian Teilhard de Chardin once observed. This is Jesus’ constant call: taste and see the goodness of the Lord.