19th Sunday B. 2021

19th Sunday B. COVID VACCINE 2021

1 Kings 19:4-8

Ephesians 4:30-5:2

John 6:41-51

Stop murmuring and grumbling!

The last two or three Sundays the community has been murmuring and grumbling…

I mean the communities of the Old and New Testament.

In John’s Gospel, the people murmured about Jesus. This tells me that in the community – in the Church community, there will be murmuring and grumbling about Jesus and about the Church of Jesus and about the ministers of the Church of Jesus.

It’s the Gospel!

And when people think they know where you are from and where you are coming from, they may murmur and grumble and argue about what you say, what you do, and what you do not do:

“Do we not know his father and mother? Is this not the son of Joseph? How can he say….?”

How can he tell us anything?

The Bible records that Jesus could not do much good among his own people because of their murmuring, grumbling, and arguing.

Even the prophet Elijah murmured, grumbled, and argued with God, saying “Enough, Lord. Take my life.”

Brothers and sisters, the faith journey, your spiritual journey may be long. You may have to cross rivers, climb, and descend mountains. Even move some mountains.

In your Journey of Faith, many of you have sat in fire and walked through the valley of death.

There have been transfigurations, burning bushes, and demonic visitations. There have been stumbling blocks, thrown stones, stones rejected, and rocks of salvation.

So, get up and eat, ‘caus the journey may be too long.

You may become angry and dis-illusioned. You may become stubborn and stiff-necked.

You may or may not have enough oil in your lamp; your wick may or may not be trimmed and ready. You may be caught sleeping not knowing the hour nor the day, or fully woke.

You may start out first in the journey and wind up last. You may start out last in the journey and end up first. So, eat, else the journey will be too long for you.

You may have been abused by a priest. You may be gay. You may have had an abortion. You may be divorced and remarried. You may be a liberal white man; you may be a conservative black woman. So, get up and eat, else the Journey of Faith and the Way of Salvation may be too long for you.

There may be bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, self-righteous, malice, and reviling. There may be kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. So, eat.

Some will want to sit at His right and some will want to sit at His left and the others will be jealous and envious. Some will be busy about many things. Some will simply sit in His presence.

Some will be recognized, and some will never be recognized. Some will be dressed for the wedding, and some will be thrown out. Some will think that they are known, and some will not be known. Some will be sinners and some will be saints. So get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you.

And what do you eat?

Fast food, gourmet food, cafeteria food, whole food, junk food, organic food, hospital food, comfort food, liquid food, fake food, Frankenfood, Mexican food, Soul food?

Jesus says, “My flesh is real food. My blood, real drink.” Jesus says, “Unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man, you will not have life” to finish the journey.

Stop your murmuring and grumbling. Get up and eat. The Journey of Faith and the Way of Salvation is long.

Fr. Gerard