Roc Homily – Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time 2015
“The Bread of Life Discourse III” – The several days I spent hiking in the Grand Canyon last week intensified this question for me: “What is the difference between that which is transitory and that which endures?” One way this gospel addresses this is through the (implicitly stated) connect between eating the bread of life and believing. Jesus’ titles in John’s gospel all point to the mystery of the mutual indwelling of Father and Son into which we are called. Believing is abiding. Connecting to the True Vine is abiding. And so on. It seems to me that abiding in Jesus is what endures.
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (“What I would have said…”)
Homily by Roc O’Connor, SJ, associate pastor of the Church of the Gesu (August 2, 2015)
John 6:41-51 I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”