Monday, April 30, 2012

2nd Sunday - Sunday of the Bread of Life

CHRIST is Risen - Truly He is Risen  
Khristós Anésti! Alithós Anésti!

Sundays of the Holy Fifties

Meditation on Church reading during the Holy Fifties:

The fathers of the church arranged and named Sundays of the Holy Fifties as they did with the Sundays of the Great Fasting.

 + 1st Sunday of the Holy Fifty Days  is the Sunday of Faith (Thomas Sunday).
 +  2nd is the Sunday of the Bread of Life.
 +  3rd is the Sunday of the Living water. 
 +  4th is the Sunday of the True Light.
 +  5th is the Sunday of the Only Way.
 +  6th is the Sunday of spiritual asking.
 +  7th is the Sunday the Pentecost.

2nd Sunday - Sunday of The Bread of Life: 
John 6:35-45

Our reward on 2nd Sunday is the Bread of Life
“I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall never hunger.”  John: 6: 35
The Lord Meant His Holy Body that is offered to us at the Altar during the Holy Eucharist. God by His unlimited love sacrifices His Only Begotten Son for our salvation. (John 3:16). Limitless Love    

We live as sojourners on earth hoping to be granted eternal life through the forgiveness of our sins after repenting and confessing. Reading the Words of God guides us to spiritual living on earth. All humans eat material bread, other earthly food like material bread, is the differce between the rich and poor in various countries. The Lord  told us that not by material bread  we live but:
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God"' 
(Matthew 4:4 & Deuteronomy 8:3)

“ Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”  John  6: 68

Material food is for nourishing our bodies. Heavenly food is for nourishing our souls. Many of us spend a lot of time laboring for the material food for ourselves, our kids and our families, while we forget to dedicate a reasonable  part of our time for God.

We must put God first. God is all in all. We must pray continuously.
"Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart." Luke 18:1

God the Creator who made every thing; " All things were made though HIM and without HIM nothing was made that was made."   John.: 1:3
Even when we pray we frequently ask for material things. 

"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. 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.” John 6: 26-27

The hunger of our souls comes from failure to fulfill God’s Will and to labor for this willingly and joyfully. How much is the world engaged about thinking of hungry bodies?  And what about our hungry souls?
If we sow for  the flesh we reap corruption.  What we feed will grow, so to grow in spirit we must  feed our spirits.

O God help us to follow your commandments and make this our daily bread. Our strength originates from seeking eternal life.
“But He Said to them: I Have food to eat which you don’t know." John 4: 32

O God let  our bodily eyes see your Way and follow the right paths .. Amen!

Have a blessed Holy Fifty days.


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