Reflection: 26th August 2018

A Reflection for the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

JN 6: 60-69 ( )

‘Decisions, decisions, decisions’ – words we use frequently when we have to decide about whether something may be important or trivial.

Of course, there are decisions that we make automatically every day – what outfit we will wear, what we are going to eat, who we will talk to etc. 

Then there are the really important decisions that take time and thought such as: buying a house; purchasing a car; Will I marry? Will I enter religious life / become a priest. These particular decisions affect our future.

Sometimes we prefer to compromise, thinking that we can have our cake and eat it at the same time. However, compromise usually doesn’t solve anything and can even make things worse.

One of the things that is important to God is that He respects the gift of our free will. This is clearly seen in the words of Joshua to the Chosen People and of Christ to the people.  He had fed with the miracle of the loaves and fishes and to His disciples who were present. They were having a hard time with His statement that He was the Living Bread. There were no threats, no forcing - they were free to decide. 

We are not the Chosen People but the “choosing people”. After all that is what genuine faith and love are all about. Not just making decisions but being faithful to them in good times and in bad. That is real freedom – the freedom that God, our Father, believes in!

Phil Doyle C.S.Sp. – Fr. Phil started out as a missionary priest in Brazil in the 1960s. He later worked with Portuguese-speaking communities in Canada and in the Channel Islands. He has now served in Australia for more than 15 years.