Today's readings from Acts, Chapter 8, and John's Gospel are about important foundational steps to the Christian faith. In Acts, we learned about the church being persecuted by Saul and others, and about the miracles Philip is able to bring about in the name of Jesus.
But John 6: 35-40 is one of the passages in Scripture on which, so to speak, to hang our hats. Jesus' words are so rich and so deep that each sentence has been the inspiration for countless number of prayers, reflections, homilies, books, songs, theories, and other works and actions throughout the ages.
"I am the bread of life," the passage begins, and it ends with the quote, “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”
This Lent and Easter season I watched a couple of the many Bible-centered movies that were broadcast on television, including portions of “The Bible” series on the History Channel. I was particularly struck by the different ways each director or actor in each movie chose to enact the words of Jesus as he foretold his passion and death and instituted the Eucharist. It made me realize how the Holy Spirit works with and through each individual to reveal truth, just as the Spirit individually inspired each New Testament writer in the early days of Christianity.
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