Friday, April 23, 2021
Commentary: John 6: 52-59
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless yo eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”
Jesus, when I have you, I have everything I need. It is up to me to recognize that just like the appearance of bread in the Eucharist, the sufferings and contradictions I experience in my day are deceptively valuable. They are more than nuisances to be put up with or avoided. Help me to see the picky eaters, willful toddlers and all-wise teenagers as opportunities to offer a little sacrifice that can win graces both for me and them. It is precisely through the failures properly channeled and not the perfectly captured photo of a spotless, smiling child giving me flowers, that I will grow in my vocation as a mother. While I can appreciate the many joys and sweet moments of life, my true source of strength does not rely on them but on you Jesus. Don’t let a day go by that I don’t see you in the Eucharist as the critical ingredient, my spiritual oxygen.
Resolution: Offer your most dreaded task today for the person you know who needs it most.
This is a great time of year to serve breakfast for dinner! Here’s a great guide for quiche! Add a simple salad of greens, strawberries, nuts and avocado and a splash of vinagrette, some warm bread…dinner is served!
Another great list of books for toddlers to early grade school on Mercy for Marthas.