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Reading: Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35.


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In today’s Gospel (John 6:35-40) Jesus makes clear that the bread he is giving is his word, which, if accepted, will satisfy. Moving from the metaphorical, Jesus spells out what it means to believe in him and what are the consequences of such belief.


What preconditions are you setting before meeting Jesus?



Reading: So, they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? John 6:30.


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In today’s Gospel (John 6:30-35) the crowd, who have witnessed the multiplication of loaves and fishes, ask for a sign as if the multiplication was nothing much. Jesus puts his Father above Moses and by implication his word (teaching) above that of Moses. The crowd interprets the whole discussion in material terms and so misinterprets what he says.


Looking for Jesus for the wrong reasons



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In today’s Gospel (John 6:22-29) Jesus chastises the crowds for seeking him for the wrong reasons: they had tried to make him king, now they were following him because he was some kind of celebrity, able to feed thousands with a few loaves of bread. Our world is too easily impressed by the cult of all sorts of celebrities, and I ask for the wisdom to be aware of the motivation of my decisions. Am I really seeking what lasts in my relationships, or am I only after what is frivolous but will soon perish?

It is clear that Jesus does not bring what people want, he brings what his people need.

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We come now to one of the most familiar stories in the gospels – Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1-15). Part of its familiarity can be perhaps attributed to the fact that it is a story recounted in each of the four Gospels. The story however is simply memorable in its own right. We all sit back in wonder when we hear of this miracle, wondering exactly when and where the fish and the loaves were multiplied.

Our faith in Jesus also comes with a responsibility.

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Today Gospel (John 3: 31-36) weaves together a variety of images of earth and heaven. John talks about the person who is “earthly” and who speaks of “earthly things.” Then John writes that the One who comes from heaven reigns above all. Of course, John is writing about Jesus.

John reiterates that Jesus is “the One above all.” Jesus testifies to the truth. However, John also writes that no one accepts Jesus’ testimony! However, if we do believe in Jesus and accept His testimony, we certify that God is trustworthy.

We live in God's new world when we love, when we love others and we love God.

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John 3:16 is the most well-known Bible verse of them all. But at the same is “probably the most distorted verse in the New Testament.” It is a verse that is commonly misunderstood.
God loves the world, loves each one of us, loves me. This is the whole message of Jesus, expressed in his words and embodied, directly, or indirectly, in the whole of his life. Am I convinced of this myself?

When I let the Good Spirit guide me, life takes on a new dimension.

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In today’s Gospel (John 3:1-8) Nicodemus approaches Jesus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and also a ruler of the Jews. He did not want the Jews to know that he wanted to talk with Jesus. Thus, Nicodemus decided he would approach Jesus at night. Hopefully, the darkness would help him be anonymous! 

I am left with the image of Jesus preparing breakfast for his friends



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Our Christian calling is fourfold: listen to His word, accept His word, follow His word, and spread His word



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In today’s Gospel (Luke 24:35-48) Jesus is keen to reassure his friends that he is not a ghost, but the same one as before, though in a new state. The strongest proof of this identity are his wounds, a clear sign that ‘that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day’. Yet they are also signs that ‘repentance and the forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations.’ Death and life are closely linked, yet life has the last word.



Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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