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The readings

The appointed Gospel reading is John 6:41-51. While preparing a homily or even just to follow what is going on, it makes more sense to read the complete unit, which would be John 6:31-59. The Revised Common Lectionary recommends John 6:35, 41-51. 

As often in John, we are not dealing with a report from the ministry of the historical Jesus. Instead, we are "overhearing" a later conflict. It looks as if John 6 incorporates a Jewish-Christian sermon, adapted to the context here. As with all the "I AM" sentences, the primary focus is on the person of Jesus, that is Christology. How is Jesus the bread of life for us? The facile answer is sacramental. But the Gospel writer wants us to face the harder question first, that is, to address our own, existential faith in Jesus.  

**If your interest in John's Gospel has been re-ignited, let me recommend a book by Robert Kysar entitled John the Maverick Gospel. Now in its third edition, the book is also available for Kindle. If you dip into Kysar, you will appreciate why people become "hooked" on the Fourth Gospel — endlessly fascinating and life-giving.

The notes

Full notes (pdf)
Gospel notes (audio)
Gospel notes (smartphones/tablets)

Special Essay: Opening John 6 for Preachers

Some inspiration

You may like to listen to I am the Bread of Life by John Michael Talbot. The performance is informal and appealing. 

Charity cycle (Peter McVerry)

Each year, I undertake one charity cycle for homeless young people. The charity is calledWelcome Home, under the guidance and inspiration of Peter McVerry SJ. If you would like to find out more and perhaps make a donation, click on this link. Thanks so much.

In 2018, I will cycle to Wexford ahead of the official date on account of a teaching commitment in Jerusalem for all of September. 

With very best wishes to all, 

Kieran O'Mahony, OSA

Biblical Resources


Father of love, hear our prayers. Help us to know Your will and to do it with courage and faith. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.





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