FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Monday of Easter Time
May 6, 2019
FEAST OF ST. DOMINIC SAVIO
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.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” (John 6 26: 29)
How shall I live this Word?
The fact that people do not look for Jesus because they have seen signs is explicable. They have just proclaimed Him as “the Prophet who must come into the world” (6:14). Now they are looking for him because they are satisfied. They are in front of an envoy of God who solves the problem of hunger in their lives, that is, ensures bread, and this is more than enough. They are not looking for anything else.
But Jesus, who came to give ‘eternal life’, presses for more: helping them to look up, to seek not only what perishes, but what ‘endures for eternal life’ (6:27). However, this is not important for a heavy heart. It is hard to look away from what presses most and involves all our attention and our strength! It is hard to know how to welcome, to recognize and accept that this food, a gift that cannot be fabricated by us, is not the fruit of our action. It is a gift and Jesus asks us only to decentralize ourselves, to trust Him, to adhere totally to His person?”.
Risen Lord, teach us to believe in you!
The Voice of Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus, Angelus 7/29/12
Dear brothers and sisters, let us ask the Lord to make us rediscover the importance of nourishing ourselves not only with bread, but with truth, love, Christ, with the body of Christ, participating faithfully and with great awareness in the Eucharist, to be ever more intimately united to Him. In fact “it is not the Eucharistic food that is transformed into us, but it is we who are mysteriously changed by it. Christ nourishes us by joining us; drawing us inside”
Apostolic Exhortation. Sacramentum caritatis 70.
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Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA