Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter 2020

In our Gospel today (Jn 6:30-35) the crowd, that was part of the 5,000 fed with five barley loaves and two fish (cf. Jn 6:23), challenges Jesus, asking for a sign of his greatness that they might believe.  What they think they hear is Jesus saying he is a prophet greater than Moses, so they demand Jesus to do something greater than providing manna from heaven.  What they are not hearing, what they are not seeing, is the deeper sense of Jesus, the Son of the Father.   

Jesus says, "For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."   The crowd asks for this bread as if it were like the manna their ancestors lived off of in the desert.  What Jesus offers is even greater when he tells them, "I am the bread of life."

During a crisis, be it personal or global as we are now experiencing, it is natural to pray for the temporal just as the crowd was asking for a sign.  We shouldn't lose sight of the fact Jesus, and his love for us, offers that and much more.

In the peace of Christ,

Dcn. Mike

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