Watching What We Eat

John 6:51-58, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time My dear friends, if I were to ask you, which part of your body you use to eat, what would you say? To be honest, until quite recently, I would have considered this a stupid question. Which other part of my body can I eat with if not…

Hook, Line and Sinker – Johnny Go, SJ

John 6:51-58, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Last night someone who had gone to an anticipated Sunday Mass bumped into me and surprised me with his reaction.  He said:  “The Bread of Life?!  Again?!” He’s right.  This is the third Sunday that the Gospel reading has been about the Bread of Life–and what he doesn’t know yet…

God as Food – Vic Balthazar, SJ

John 6:41-51, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time “I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never hunger, whoever believes in me will never thirst!” The Gospel episode continues John’s series of “I am” discourses. “I am” as you know is the phrase that God used to name Godself before Moses. In a…

When the Baby Won’t Eat

John 6:41-51, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time My dear friends, have you ever seen someone trying to coax a moody baby to eat? Perhaps you’ve done it yourself. It can be quite a challenge. The adult knows that the infant needs food to grow. But, for some reason, it refuses to eat. Maybe it’s sleepy,…

Communion – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 6:41-51, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time My maternal grandfather was an inveterate sabungero. Unlike our lola who went to mass daily, he went to church only on Christmas. The rest of the Sundays, “nagsisimba siya sa sabungan,” his own children joked. Kung sa bagay. In every sabungan (cockfight) was a man called “Kristo.” He…

The Itch We Cannot Scratch…

John 6:24-35, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time My dear friends, have you ever had an itch that you just can’t seem to scratch? Do you know what it feels like? It can be quite frustrating. No matter how hard or how often I may drag my fingernails across that spot on my body, where I…

Hunger in a Time of Abundance – Johnny Go, SJ

John 6:24-35, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Gospel today is literally good news. Our Lord makes us an important promise: “Whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jesus is not talking about physical hunger or physical thirst, obviously. Rather, he is referring to an existential hunger…

Signs – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 6:24-35, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time I saw something pleasantly strange in the first reading. “The Lord said to Moses,” the reading said, “’I will now rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion. In that way, I will test the Israelites…

Hunger – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 6:24-35, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Sir, give us this bread always.” That’s what anyone would ask when told that another sort of manna, come down from heaven, would satisfy our hunger for good. For good. For always. For good sounds too good to be true. What is for always, what never goes away…

The Call – John Foley, SJ

John 6:1-15, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time If today has been “one of those days” for you, meaning stressful and tiring, maybe you could let the readings for Sunday bring you home for a while. Look especially at the Second Reading, taken from the letter to the Ephesians. It calls us to • live with…

Gather the Crumbs – Johnny Go, SJ

John 6:1-15, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time What a nightmare scenario:  Five loaves, two fish–and five thousand hungry people!  But trust the Lord to turn every event organizer’s worst nightmare into an unforgettable affair! What struck me most this time around, however, was not what happens during the miracle, but after it:  As the people sit on the…

What Makes A Good Shepherd? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

There is a verse in our Gospel today that gives us an interesting detail: People were coming and going in such great numbers to see Jesus and the Twelve that the Lord and his apostles had no opportunity even to eat. If Christ and his disciples had not eaten, then chances are the people who…