FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 19, 2021
EASTER MONDAY 3
WORD of the DAY
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 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: 22-29)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus has a great sense of tolerance: He knows how to accept us as we are, here and now. He does not stop at the heaviness, the narrow-mindedness, the dullness that sometimes accompany our way of being and acting. He welcomes and never condemns. Attracting us with His holiness, He also manages to arouse profound questions within us: He makes us question ourselves. He opens our eyes so that we realize that we are not made to “live on bread alone”. As long as the horizon of our life is delimited by apparently urgent things, to be satisfied immediately even at the cost of renouncing ourselves, we wander away from our true ‘self’, prey to instincts and passions. We do not respect ourselves and we ignore the gifts of God, of Him who alone is truly great and beautiful. Our eyes find it hard to look up and we want to follow the shortest path, confusing the Gospel with our little desires, adapting God to our whims. Being on a journey to the Lord means always asking ourselves about the goal of our search.
Today, through a sincere examination of conscience, let us ask ourselves what the Lord wants to tell us through the people we meet.
The Voice of Gregory Nazianzus
The body feeds on food, the soul on the Word.
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