Daily Gospel Reflection for May 4, 2017


Today’s Gospel: John 6:44-51

This must be one of the most staggering passages in the Gospel. We’ve heard it so many times, we don’t give it a second thought, but as I read and re-read these verses, they wow’d me. So simple, yet so bold.

“I am the bread of life . . . whoever eats this bread will live forever.” Those simple words “am,” “will,” and “forever” offer little room for equivocation.

The boldness of Jesus’s promise is almost scandalous. So simple, yet so – crazy! When trying to teach my young children about what is happening at Mass, I’m confronted by that craziness. Our God comes to us in something as simple and familiar as bread so that we may live forever. That little flat disc that doesn’t taste like much, THAT’S Jesus. And He will raise you up on the last day.

I’ve always expected my kids to jump in and correct me, to disagree, or protest that Jesus can’t be in bread, but so far it hasn’t happened. I think it must be because they trust what I say to them is true, crazy as it may sound. And so I accept what Jesus says as well, crazy as it may sound, because I trust in Him.


Do you take for granted Jesus’s promises or do you allow Jesus’s shocking words to penetrate your heart?


Lord, help me not only to believe but to marvel at Your self-donative love and generosity.


Copyright 2017 Carolyn Astfalk

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Carolyn Astfalk is a wife, mother of four young children, and a writer. Her contemporary inspirational romances Stay With Me, Ornamental Graces, and Rightfully Ours are available at Amazon.com. She blogs at My Scribbler’s Heart. Visit carolynastfalk.com.


  1. Beautiful reflection Carolyn – I agree with your “take” on this and am praying this morning to trust Jesus with the simplicity and love of a little child, not to overthink. May God bless your day. Thank you for leading us in prayer.

  2. Great piece, Carolyn. They trust you and maybe because children aren’t as jaded yet as older people. In my parish Bible study, we got into a discussion about which age we thought it best for children to make their First Communion. Some felt that second grade was too young because children that age don’t realize what is going on. I argued that I thought that age was appropriate because I remembered prepping for my First Communion in second grade and fully understanding what was occurring but not having been tainted by worldly doubt. I think it’s that whole “we must be like little children” thing.

    • Yes, Janice! While that age allows for reasoning, kids are still open to believing in grand possibilities and fantastical things. Being with children helps us see what it is to believe without cynicism.

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