Posted by: livingscripture | April 16, 2013

Third Tuesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

             (John 6: 35)

 

How should we live this Word?Bread from heaven 1

The crowd asks Jesus what sign He can perform so that they can believe in Him.  They need signs to sustain their faith; they need to be awed, to see the incredible verified in order to trust.  They, however, do not understand the work they must do, accepting God’s interior action that impels the person to detach from self and receive the other in all uniqueness.  This other is multiplied by the billions of other human beings present on the earth and are encountered in space and time and in whom God dwells.

Jesus has just performed an astounding miracle by multiplying bread for thousands of people that was freely given to everyone.  But this is not enough.  The educational work of Jesus seeks to help the crowd to pass from the sign to its true meaning by using the metaphor, ‘I am the bread of life’ and asking them to make a quality leap of faith.  My work, He seems to be telling them, is to become bread Myself so that each of you may not only see Me, but may eat Me, may share Me.  You can experience Me as energy, as the vital force to go ahead.  With Me inside of you, you will not thirst or hunger any more.  In other words, there will be equilibrium, justice, and mercy. There will be true peace, love, and trust.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will take Jesus’ words to heart and reflect on how my piece of world and how the whole world would be transformed if we would only follow Jesus and live as He tells us to live. 

O Lord, help me to appreciate fully the marvelous Gift You have given me in Jesus, in His constant presence in my life and in the world.  Let me be aware of this always. 

The Voice of B. Secondin, Spiritual master

Eating the Bread from Heaven is the same as believing in Jesus.  It is believing that He has come from Heaven as the revelation of the Father.  It is accepting the journey that He has taught us.

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