Cycle B

Good News B49b

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

All Souls’ Day


I Will Not Reject You


John 6:37-40 New American Bible

John 6:37-40 Bible Gateway NIV

          Jesus says he will not reject anyone who comes to him.  It is so great to know that you will not be rejected.  During our lives God sends us people to help guide us on our way to heaven’s gate.  Some of these are people who are really good friends.  They help us.  They encourage us.  They like to be with us. 

You want to be good friends with Jill, but Jill doesn’t feel the same way.  Or at school, you have been playing with your best Jack and all of a sudden, he is playing with someone else.  He doesn’t want to play with you anymore.  This is a heavy bit of rejection.  You may even feel a little abandoned….left alone.  At these times you might not be looking at the big picture.  When God closes one door, he opens another.  However, you have to look around.  If you just keep your eyes focused on this one door, this one person, you might miss the friendly girl on the swings or the boy who wants to practice hitting the baseball, but doesn’t have anyone to throw the ball to him.  It is not fun to be rejected. 

Jesus says he will not turn down anyone who comes to him.  He will always have room for you at his parties.  He will always be there to listen.  He will play with you.  He will help you solve your problems.  And on the last day, he will lift you up to his playground in heaven.  What a joyful time that will be!   

          Say the “Our Father” and remember when you are disappointed and lonely to look around you.  There are others just waiting for you to notice them.  They are waiting to be your friend.  When you say, “Give us this day, our daily bread,” this means that you are asking God to give you everything you need.  He will furnish the friends you need at just the right time when you believe in him.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.



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