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May 11, 2019

Saturday of the 3rd Week of Easter

 

Acts 9:31-42;

 Psalm 116:12-17;

Gospel JN 6:60-69


Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?


It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

 

 

BURN YOUR BOATS

 

“Lord, to whom can we go?” (Jn 6:68)


Jesus asked the crowd who followed him to eat his flesh and drink his blood. For people this teaching was a difficult one as they took it literally. Many of them preferred to stop following Jesus. Jesus also wanted to know the mind of disciples and Peter answered saying, “Lord, to whom we can go?” (Jn 6:68). These words were not of the one who is desperate but of total commitment.


God always want them as His disciples who dare to burn their boats behind them in following him. He wants them to leave no room for turning back.


When Prophet Elisha was called, he killed the oxen that he was using to till his field and using the wooden plough he made fire and cooked the animal (I Kg 19:21). When the Levi was called, he left the toll booth and went after Jesus (Lk 5:27, 28). He didn’t even to dispose the money that he had on his table. When the first disciples Simon and Andrews were called they left the boat and net then and there (Mk 1:16, 17).


Total commitment necessitates that we burn our boats behind us. Francis, a young man became a true disciple (and saint) only when he removed the dress he was wearing and returned it to his father. It was the moment of ‘burning his boat.’ Mother Theresa burned her boat when she left the Loretto Convent. Inordinate attachment to our friends, anxiety to earn more wealth, pride of having good profession, etc. could be some of the ‘boats’ that we keep in our lives so that we can find a way out once we get bored with following Jesus. Let’s examine whether I have the cent- percent commitment to Jesus that comes only after burning our boats behind us.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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