Posted by: livingscripture | April 16, 2018

Third Monday of Easter

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Third Monday of Easter, April 16, 2018 

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.  Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.    (John 6: 26-27)

 

How shall I live this Word?

In the preceding days, the crowds had followed Jesus and were present at the multiplication of the bread and they had been sated.  When they realize that the Teacher is no longer where the miracle had happened, they get on boats and go toward Capernaum.  When they arrive on the other shore, they ask Jesus when He had arrived there.  It was a question dictated by self-interest.

The Lord tries to correct their intentions.  “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life”.  It is the food of His Word, the only food that can satisfy us.  It is the gift that the Son of Man gives to us every day because “On Him the Father has set His seal”.

Lord Jesus, we too, like the crowds in the Gospel, look for You, but there is no boat that can bring us to You.  Give us the joy of finding You in the Eucharist each day.

 The voice of Pope John XXIII

 O Jesus, true bread, the unique and only substantial nourishment of souls, unite all peoples around Your table.  Nourish us with Yourself, Oh Jesus, and we will be strong in faith, joyous in hope, active in multiplying works of charity.

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