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August 26, 2018: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading: John 6: 60-69

Many of Jesus’ disciples who were listening said,
“This saying is hard, who can accept it?”
Since Jesus knew that His disciples were murmuring about this,
He said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man descending to where He was before?
It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.”
Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray Him.
And He said,
“For this reason I have told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by My Father.”
As a result of this, many of His disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied Him.
Jesus then said to the twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered Him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that You are the Holy One of God.”


Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
How I love St Peter! Here he expresses the great love that has captivated his heart. He came to believe; so it is with us; our faith should deepen and become more meaningful as we journey through life.


Be courageous!
Follow Him!
Spread the Good News!

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Marilyn Kirschten

Marilyn Kirschten is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence. Marilyn lives in a northern suburb of Chicago. She is a graduate of Marywood, Evanston and is involved in multiple ministries in her parish, Our Lady of Ransom in Niles, Ill.

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  1. Francine Francis Sieve on August 24, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Dear Sister Marilyn Kirschten:
    May the Lord be with you. Good morning Sister Kirschten. Just want to let you know how I enjoyed Gospel Refection and the work the Sisters do. I am a Roman Catholic and all my life I wanted to be a Felician Nun. which taught me in grammar school. But it was impossible to become a Nun or to enter the Convent because of my Gender (Male). Once again Sister Kirschten thank you and wishing you a beautiful day.
    May the Lord send his blessing upon you and keep you safe now and forever+
    Francine (Francis)

    • Amy Miranda on August 24, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Thanks for your comment Francine! I just wanted to let you know that Marilyn Kirschten who wrote this reflection is not a sister, but a Providence Associate. We welcome all people of faith, regardless of gender, to consider walking more closely with the Sisters of Providence as a Providence Associate. Please look into the Providence Associates at ProvidenceAssociates.org We’d love to have you join us!

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