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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 27, 2012

ADAPTATION AND RENEWAL

Our readings today call us to renewal and adaptation in changing times. Each of our readings today represent a time of crisis in ancient religion – a crisis that many could say parallels the religious crisis in our own day.

When the Israelites first vowed to serve the Lord, they did so under Moses and in a different land. Now they are led by Joshua in the land of Canaan. Their way of life has changed – the way they worshipped has changed – the place they worshiped: changed; their leadership: changed. Sound familiar?

In the midst of such change, we hear the promise of the people – the renewal of their vow to the Lord. Our Gospel continues this thought, as it picks up from last week Jesus says, I am the living bread come down from heaven, whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have life eternal.

This is indeed a difficult statement to accept and perhpas some us will turn away as some of the disiciples did. But for those of us who stay, what will be the reason we stay?

CLICK HERE for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Joshua 21:1-2,15-17,18; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:2,25-32; John 6:60-69)

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