God calls us to life and offers us partnership in creation Gospel

  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1113.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of content_handler_field::element_type() should be compatible with views_handler_field::element_type($none_supported = false, $default_empty = false, $inline = false) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/cck/includes/views/handlers/content_handler_field.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_query::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_query.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1113.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1113.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user/views_handler_field_user.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1113.
  • strict warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/captcha/captcha.inc on line 61.
  • strict warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in /home/abounaor/public_html/english/sites/all/modules/captcha/captcha.inc on line 61.

By Daniel Duigou/ la-croix.com

After the miraculous meal, the crowd wants to take Jesus and “make him their king.” But Jesus draws away and retreats “to the mountains alone.”

In the Bible, the mountain is always symbolic of the divine presence. Jesus goes there to reconnect with his Father, from whom he receives true glory.

But what kind of prophet does this make Jesus? What is the word of truth, the word that truly nourishes humankind and brings salvation? What is Jesus trying to tell us through the great event of the meal? And what could the misunderstanding be?

We should remember that, traditionally, this passage from the Gospel of John that describes this astonishing event has been interpreted in combination with the celebration of the Eucharist, the offering of bread and wine at Cana. Veritable nourishment is the word of God.

So what is the meaning of the word? There was “a great crowd” that followed Jesus “because they had witnessed the signs he had performed by healing the sick.”

Their spiritual expectations were high, just as they are today. Despite groundbreaking technological advances that improve the length and quality of life, our spiritual needs and expectations remain high.

One recent example of this is the feverish enthusiasm for the Football World Cup and the passion that the success of ‘Les Bleus’ aroused in France. It demonstrates just how much a society needs this kind of boost for good morale and a sense of vitality.

A second example, one that is more political and potentially dangerous, of the high expectations we have today is that when faced with economic and social threats which stir up ancient fears and hostilities, often hopes for a great savior appear.
Populism is gaining ground in almost all countries, rich and poor alike, and with it, authoritarian, dictatorial-style leaders are rising to power.

Underlying these demanding expectations is an essential ambiguity as to how we should respond.

The predicament takes us back to the fundamental decision between life and death.

We either live with only our own interests in mind and in antagonism with others or we live with others and for everyone.
Do we choose to impose our will or to share life? It comes down to the choice between force or appealing to people’s hearts and minds.

The decisions we make as to how to respond shape the meaning of our lives.

God calls us to life and offers us partnership in Creation. His Words are words of love that move through freedom: men and women make their own choices when faced with the events of life.

We are the subjects of our own histories. And this is a difficult position, but it is the only one that can lead to any sense of meaning.

The late French author and Nobel Prize winner André Gide wrote that, essentially, freedom is not the most difficult thing, but knowing what to do with it.

The Bible is an incredible prism through which to examine the truth of humanity.

The power of the Bible also lies in its invitation to think independently about the world around us and our own experience. It presents us with the mysteries of life and death, and beyond that, the mystery of love.

Faced with the inevitable and painful awareness of man’s fragility and solitude, Jesus of Nazareth offers us another way to think about life and to invent an alternative future.

From his birth to his resurrection, through his acts and his words, Jesus conveys the meaning of the word of God by providing things to see (the “signs”) and so to understand (according to John’s theology) that life, real life, comes through giving, and that giving comes through death, the death of a way of life focused on domination (which gives individuals a false sense of self) to open up and welcome the differences of others.

Through his death and resurrection, Jesus reveals that choosing the path of domination and power is, in short, the path of death and in contrast, the path of sharing is that of true life.

To be king? Jesus probably felt the stirrings of temptation, especially on the day he fed a whole crowd with so little.
In Judea, Jesus came face to face with the possibility of death, as John’s text suggests, but Jesus chooses the gift of life. He doesn’t flee into the falsehood of royalty, but to the very last he embraces the reality of being human among humankind.
In today’s world, heavy with threats that mean we have to make difficult decisions as individuals and collectively, when we share in the Sunday celebration of Eucharistic bread and wine, do we truly understand Jesus’ words: “Do this in memory of me?”

What can this bring to our own lives to help avoid misunderstanding?

Comment through the site Comment through facebook