The story of creation, and particularly the creation of humanity, in the second chapter of Genesis is a weird one. Paramount among its weird aspects is the image of the rib taken from the Man's chest and used to create a suitable partner. What we are really talking about here is God's placement in all of us of the need to love even as God loves. This is also at the root of Jesus' words about marriage and divorce in the Gospel of Mark.
Jesus comes to the nadir of his public life so far. The "Bread of Life" chapter (John 6) ends with not just the "crowds" leaving Jesus, but even his own disciples. Why?
And Peter with his eleven compadres? "Will you also go?" Jesus asks them.
Peter finally gets it right: "To whom shall we go...you have the words of eternal life!"
Now in our second of several Sunday of "Bread of Life" Gospel passages from John, Father Kevin offers some Exodus background to Jesus' declaration to the crowds that have followed him that he himself is "the Bread of Life".
This homily was given at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Spokane, WA.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Apostle, James, also known as "Santiago", we celebrate his patronage over pilgrims everywhere and acknowledge his witness to the great Christian virtue of "accompaniment along the Way,"