August 8
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Open Your Mind

1 Kgs 19:4-8 / Eph 4:30-5:2 / Jn 6:41-51

The opening verse of today’s gospel is troubling: “The Jews murmured about Jesus…”   The word murmuring does not imply that the Jews were discussing the merits of Jesus’ message. We murmur secrets, lies, and rumors, not compliments. Clearly, the Jews didn’t like Jesus or what He had to say. The thing is, we don’t get to judge God’s messengers. When God chooses to relay a message, we must be alert and listen, even when we don’t really care for the messenger. That person might be a meddlesome neighbor, a persnickety family member, an unpopular politician, or a cranky old pastor. It doesn’t matter! Each one of those people can be used as an instrument of God, and missing the message because of your disdain for the person could prove to be spiritually fatal! Jesus told the Jews that He was the bread of life — the way to the Father! They resisted that message. They resisted the draw of the Father! Let us learn, then, to be humble, alert, and open-minded as we grow in our ability to disciple and evangelize others, allowing them to do the same for us!

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