20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, 16th August 2015

For the 4th consecutive week we continue our reading of the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel. The theme is still Jesus as the Bread of Life.

However, this week, there is another theme interwoven in the readings. It is that of Wisdom.
In the First Reading, Wisdom is personified; she has prepared a banquet for those who lack knowledge:

Come and eat my bread, drink the wine I have prepared! Leave your folly and you will live, walk in the ways of perception.

Likewise, the Psalm invites us to come and be taught how to revere the Lord so as to lack nothing, but to do what we need to
turn aside from evil and do good; seek and strive after peace.

It is also Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesians in the Second Reading: Be careful about the sort of lives you lead. He enjoins them, with the help of the Spirit, to go against the prevailing values of their society.

With the Gospel, we return to eating and drinking. Jesus explains his words to the Jews who were arguing between themselves as they did not fully understand what he had told them. This time he puts it with renewed emphasis:

My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him.

This week then, I might want to reflect more particularly on what I need to learn from the Lord in those areas of my life where I am in need of wisdom.

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