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26th July 2015 - 17th Sunday of the Year B.

posted 24 Jul 2015, 12:48 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by Jerry Laidler ]
H.B. & Hw.

Every day is a Day for Life.
"Your words are Spirit, Lord and they are life: you have the message of eternal life."
(John 6: 63-68)

The gospel word today gives us John's understanding of the Eucharist. The reading from the Second Book of Kings reveals the Eucharist buried in our history.

"They will eat and have some left over." The Psalmist endorses the Lord as the giver of all we need for life and the larger life. It takes Paul to seize on the unity of it all and that unity leads to a life worthy of our Christian vocation. ". . . one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God who is Father of all, through all and within all." (Eph. 4.6)

The themes of life, Eucharist and unity come together in the person of Jesus who is the bread of life, who is the way, truth and life, who is the resurrection and life. No wonder we are hypersensitive to all the life issues and the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. Life talk is Christ talk and so we learn to appreciate the unique dignity of every human person and their contribution to our world.

And our Eucharist is of a piece with the rest of life. It is the expression of a love story felt in our hearts. Our hearts are the self-expression in our consciousness of the evolving love story of the universe and before that, of the whole cosmos. In the Eucharist, with bread and wine we acknowledge life and indeed, our very being as flowing from the womb of God. Sun, moon, fire, water, north, south, east, west, all the elements, animals and humans are faces of God.
"Even the smallest particle of creation is a... revelation of God."
(Daniel J. O'Leary)

"Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground." (Ex 3.6)

We can but thank the Lord for the gift of life and pray for the help to appreciate the unique dignity of every human person, every place and every thing. We can but live out the Christian logic that attends our belief that God in Christ is everywhere and promote the wellbeing of all. Every day is a Day for Life.