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Liturgical day: Sunday 19th (B) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Jn 6,41-51): The Jews murmured because Jesus had said, «I am the bread which comes from heaven». And they said, «This man is the son of Joseph, isn't he? (...) How can he say that he has come from heaven?». The Jews murmured because Jesus had said, «I am the bread which comes from heaven». And they said, «This man is the son of Joseph, isn't he? We know his father and mother. How can he say that he has come from heaven?». Jesus answered them, «Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him up on the last day. It has been written in the Prophets: ‘They shall all be taught by God’. So whoever listens and learns from the Father comes to me. For no one has seen the Father except the One who comes from God; He has seen the Father.

»Truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they died. But here you have the bread which comes from heaven so that you may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which has come from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh and I will give it for the life of the world».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today we see the listeners' reaction when Jesus Christ has revealed a bit more of his intimacy. How great is God! He has become “bread”, so that we may eat it. He is “alive”! Who is more alive than the eternal God? “He who has come down from heaven”: the “dream of dreams”. We could not ask for more!

—Instead of being happy, they criticize him… Not long before that, Jesus had nourished them with the extraordinary multiplication of loaves and fish: no one argued against that! Now they are! It seems that they only accept “God in pieces”. God,yes; but... from a distance. Odd, isn't it?