FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 22, 2021
EASTER THURSDAY 3
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to the crowds: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: ‘They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from Him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world. (John 6: 44-51)
How shall I live this Word?
The solemn words of Jesus in the discourse on the “bread of life” are a synthesis of the Christian announcement, proclaimed from the point of view of Jesus Himself. They place a relationship between the love of God and the response that each one is called to give, taking example and nourishment from the Son, who reciprocated this love in a full way by giving all of Himself, in fullness. Only those who feel hungry can get close to food. Only Jesus can give true answers to the basic questions of our life. Only when we arrive at the ‘last day’, that is, having exhausted our stock of presumption, selfishness, self-sufficiency, we discover what real needs cause our hunger. Then we are ready to receive the solid food par excellence: Jesus Himself, the perfect Son, the firstborn among many brothers and sisters who gather in Him and with Him, give thanks, and eat.
Today, let us pay special attention at mealtimes with others. Let us give thanks to God from our heart, and ask Him for the grace to notice more who is next to us, so that nourishing the body can also benefit the soul.
The Voice of St. Athanasius, Church Father
God no longer wanted to be known as in past times, through the image and shadow of wisdom. He wanted the same true Wisdom to take on flesh, to become human, and to bear death on the cross, so that through faith, which is based in Him, all believers could be saved again.
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