The Gift of Faith
In Sunday’s first reading Joshua has taken Moses’ place as commander and led the Hebrews into the Promised Land. They are no longer wandering nomads; they will settle down and become farmers. Joshua asks them who their god will be, the gods of the land they have now occupied or the God of their fathers who led them out of slavery. In answer they cite their experience of God’s intervention in their lives, His mighty power and loving protection. They choose the God of their fathers whom they have experienced and with whom they have a loving relationship.
The Gospel from John concludes Jesus’ teaching on the Bread of Life. Many who heard him were shocked and disgusted at the thought of eating Jesus’ flesh and they make a decision to look elsewhere for the messiah. They go back to what they knew and were doing before they heard of Jesus. They choose to ignore how he fed so many of them and healed so many others. A saddened Jesus turns to his apostles and asks if they want to leave also. “Simon Peter answered him, ‘Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.’”
How has my experience confirmed my faith? Have I experienced God’s presence in my daily life, in my spouse, children and friends? In the poor, the sick and needy? How has God intervened in my life? Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
MEN'S RETREATS WITH SPACE:
Sept. 17-20, Sept. 20-23, Sept. 24-27
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August 31- Sept. 2