Bible Diary English

May 4, 2022

First Reading: Acts 8:1b-8
Psalm:  Ps 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. 
Gospel:  Jn 6:35-40

Wed: Easter Weekday

Acts 8: 1b-8/ Ps 66: 1-3a. 4-5. 6-7a/ Jn 6: 35-40

1st Reading: Acts 8:1b-8
This was the beginning of a great persecution against the Church in Jerusalem. All, except the apostles, were scattered throughout the region of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the church. He entered house after house and dragged off men and women, and had them put in jail.
At the same time, those who were scattered went about, preaching the word. Philip went down to a town of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. All the people paid close attention to what Philip said as they listened to him, and saw the miraculous signs that he did. For, in cases of possession, the unclean spirits came out shrieking loudly. Many people, who were paralyzed or crippled, were healed. So there was great joy in that town.

Responsorial Psalm; Ps 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Gospel: Jn 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, even when you have seen. Yet all those whom the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me.
And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what he has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day.”




Coming to Him as Subject

We have a couple of promises in today’s gospel. That as per his Father’s will, Jesus will not lose anyone whom the Father has given him; that he will never turn away anyone who comes to him. But then, how do we reconcile these promises with the outright rejection that Jesus warns about, in Lk 13:22-28: That many would come and knock at his door, saying that they had preached him and dined with him; but he would reject them saying “I don’t know you. Away from me”? As Jesus cannot contradict himself, we can only conclude that the latter group came to him, focusing on him as their object to use, and never as their subject to adore; or, in other words, in their “coming to him” they were only narcissistically coming to themselves. The rejection of even those who dined with him must caution us about the true motives of even our eucharistic engagement.