The gospels of Matthew and Luke each can cover a liturgical year assisted by John’s gospel during the Lenten and Easter seasons. Because Mark’s gospel is shorter, we would finish it over a month before Advent would begin a new liturgical year—even with John’s gospel used during Lent and Easter! To remedy a too early ending of the gospel during each Year of Mark the Second Vatican Council revised the lectionary so that we hear the sixth chapter of John’s gospel for five Sundays. That explains the shift to John. What ought we look for in the coming weeks?
We receive the Lord Jesus’ whole being each time we ingest a consecrated morsel of bread and a sip of consecrated wine. Noticing Jesus’ fondness for fully entering our human ways focuses us on eating and drinking. When we ingest any food we digest it: our bodies absorb food’s nutrients so they merge with us: fueling, shaping, strengthening and fortify-ing us until our next meal. Jesus gives us himself so that his Real Presence nourishes us really to be his presence in our world.
- Pause, recall and relish your communion in with the Trinity.
- Ask Phillip and Andrew to present you to Jesus.
- Leisurely entertain what Messiah Jesus moves you to notice: his presence; his affection; his direction; his counsel and the like.
- Aware that each of your cells and inmost self pulse with Jesus, ask him to give you the grace to live in a manner worthy of the [the One] you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus’ words teach us how to make the pattern of Jesus’ life our pattern of living. Our scarred and riven world needs us to live his way each day.