22 May 2016

posted 19 May 2016, 22:01 by C S Paul

22 May 2016

Scripture reading and Sermon

Based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church

First Sunday after Pentecost

    • Before Holy Qurbana
    • Holy Qurbana

John 6:26-35New King James Version (NKJV)

26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 

27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 

31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’

32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 

33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”

35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

Devotional Thoughts for the First Sunday after Pentecost

by Rev. Dr. V Kurian Thomas Valiyaparambil

After Jesus had performed the miracle of feeding the 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish, the people asked him, "What are the things God wants us to do?" The people had witnessed the miracle and it elevated their curiosity.

The gospel tells us that there are a lot of things we can also do to our lives. We need to discover what matters the most and the best things with our life. It is important because the choices we make will determine whether or not we have God's blessings in life. God is in control of the universe, but we can choose what matters the most that will have God's spiritual blessings upon us. We have the choice between a blessing and a curse. If we obey the commandments, it will be a blessing. if we disobey them, it will be a curse.

Jesus answered to the people, "Believe in the one that God has sent." That's what God wants us to do. Believe in Jesus Christ because he is the one sent from heaven to this world. The thing that matters most for us would be trusting in Him. Living by what he says and following the example that he set.

The people asked, "What miracle will you do?. If we see a miracle, then we will believe in you. What will you do? Our fathers ate manna in the desert. Moses delivered them"

Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth. It was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven. It was my Father who gave them the bread from heaven. God's bread is the one comes down from heaven that gives life."

The people then said, "Give us that bread, always"

Most of the people followed Jesus because they saw the miracle Jesus did and they wanted the physical food to satisfy their hunger. They had seen the 5,000 eating the miracle bread which was multiplied from five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus said if they would eat the spiritual food that he was offering, they would never be hungry again. Jesus guides all of us into making the right choices in life. He wants us to place spiritual needs before our physical needs. We humans cannot achieve the spiritual satisfaction on our own effort. Our family or friends cannot fill the vacuum. We have to look to God for what others can't fulfill in our life.

Jesus said, "I am not like the bread your ancestors ate. They ate physical bread and still died. I am the bread that came down from heaven, and whoever eats this bread will live forever."

Conclusion:

Jesus wants to lift us up from the physically dominated existence to a spiritual life. The spiritual hunger can be met only with the spiritual bread that comes from the heaven. Earthly food cannot satisfy the spiritual vacuum. We need to place spiritual needs before our physical needs.

Jesus is that bread. He is the one who offers forgiveness, peace and freedom from shame and guilt. It is this food we need to take daily. Unfortunately our worldly hearts tempt us to leave this spiritual bread and seek worldly pleasures. Instead we need to take Jesus into our hearts and continue to feed upon his word. It is necessary to nourish our souls on his gospel messages for the forgiveness of our sins and salvation.


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