Little Whispers, Luke Miranda

Time to Eat

First Reading
Acts 7:51—8:1A
Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
you are just like your ancestors.
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
You received the law as transmitted by angels,
but you did not observe it.”

When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice,
covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;
and when he said this, he fell asleep.

Now Saul was consenting to his execution.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 31:3CD-4, 6 AND 7B AND 8A, 17 AND 21AB
R.    (6a)  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
My trust is in the LORD;
I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

Gospel
John 6:30-35
The crowd said to Jesus:
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to Jesus,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”


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“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6:35)

REFLECTION
Food has always been one of my interests. From watching Masterchef episodes or Tasty videos, I have always liked it. I didn’t even know I could make food but it has come to that point that when I’m hungry and no one is around, I find myself trying out recipes without any cooking experience. It is amazing just seeing delicious food, ten times more the pleasure in eating. I always look for it when I’m down, and a simple dish alone could make a bad day into a good one.

Food could always stop my hunger but only ever physically. There are times I find myself craving for something not to feed me physically but spiritually. I always come back to the cross during those times as in the readings for today, we are reminded that the Lord is The Bread of Life. Just like the crowd from the gospel, we can always come to Him whenever we are in need, to replenish our spirits.

In our current situation, we may sometimes lose hope because we cannot do anything to help other people, and end up just waiting for this crisis to end. But we must keep in mind that Jesus is with us wherever we go and He is in everything we do. We should remember that He is there for us, always ready for our prayers whenever we are in need, and we can come to Him no matter what happens for He loves us.

Prayer
O Father God, today You have reminded us that Your Son is the Bread of Life. May You always guide us back to Him when our spirits are tired. Amen.

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