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Saturday, 18 August 2018

Choose Wisely


20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
19 August 2018


First reading                                                                   Proverbs 9:1-6

Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn herself seven pillars. She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. She has sent out her servant girls, she calls from the highest places in the town, “You that are simple, turn in here!” To those without sense she says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
Second reading                                                     Ephesians 5:15-20

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel                                                                     John 
 6:51-58

Jesus said to them, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

Reflection
By Jessa Janelle Padilla

How do we respond to such invitation? Do we easily respond yes or ask for enough time to think if we’re able to commit or not? Or automatically decline the invitation? Our decision is much important to the invitee. So let’s decide wisely.

In our First Reading today, Wisdom invites people into her house for dinner. She lets them eat the food and wine she had mixed and encourages them to forsake foolishness and live in the way of understanding.

After the restoration and re-opening of the Manila Cathedral - Basilica in 1958, it invited volunteers to serve in its liturgical functions. It still does almost 60 years later. Upon hearing the invitation, I suddenly thought if I am worthy to accept the invitation. Through prayers and thorough examination of myself, I responded Yes to the invitation and submit an accomplished volunteers application form. Back then, I was so nervous and not confident if they will accept me but indeed God is good. I was accepted to serve Him. Right then, my life changed to a way of understanding. I was able to understand more what God wants me to do and where he leads me.

Our Second Reading encourages us to change the way of how we live our lives. We must live as wise persons not as foolish ones. As we grow, we must grow as wise children of God. Doing what is right and good. Yet some may say that we are just human who are prone to commit sins. Yes we are but we are given by the Holy Spirit with the gift of wisdom wherein it is the intimate understanding of God's Word and His commandments which results in holy and upright living. So let's live our lives with the practicing the gift of wisdom.

Our First and Second Readings today are all about removing our foolishness and live with understanding by practicing the gift of wisdom. This prepares us to understand what our Gospel talks about. Jesus told to the crowds that He is the living bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats this bread will live forever and the bread that He will give is his flesh for the life of the world. Then the Jews started to quarrel about it.

We usually had doubts on what other people talk about most especially when these people always lie. After hearing their talk, we also start to ask questions and check the credibility of information. We also start arguments with regard to it. We are like the Jews. But can we not be like them? Can we just listen and believe? Let's not be like the Jews. Let's become and live as a true Christian who believes on what God says regardless of how impossible to believe His thoughts are. Let us live by His Word and eat His bread since those who eats this bread will live forever.

Prayer

O Lord, help us to imitate the way on how You lived. May we use the gift of wisdom from the the Holy Spirit on how we make decisions for our lives. We thank You for feeding us with the food of life that may bring us eternal life. Amen.

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