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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 116
Read: John 6:41-51

Gospel Summary
The people who came to listen to Jesus were still thinking literally. They did not understand what Jesus meant when he said he had come down from heaven. They wondered how this could be when they knew Jesus' parents. As in last week's gospel, Jesus tried again to explain that the bread he offered was not to fill the hunger just for one day, but it was a bread that would give the people everlasting life.

Reflection for Families
Whether our children are toddlers or teenagers, we probably know something about the grumbling and resistance Jesus heard from the crowds. Like so many people we meet, they thought they knew the answers. Jesus could not have come from heaven, because they knew his mother and father. As parents, our only recourse to our children's resistance is firm and steadfast persistence. They will come to know that we do not compromise our values and that same diligence can be observed in our faith and how we live it out.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Think of the many ways God feeds your family and each member of it. We are fed with friendship, kindness, joy, health, care, love, and many more ways that you may think of. When we receive the Eucharist, we give thanks for these gifts. What are some ways your family shares these gifts with others? Are there new ways you can think of as a family?

Discussion Starters

1. Sometimes it's hard for me to witness for Jesus, but I find strength in...
2. One area of my life where I need to see Jesus as living bread is...
3. In the Our Father, we pray "give us this day our daily bread." God feeds me daily with the gift of...

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