Theme: Jesus is the Bread of Life
We continue our meditation on the topic of “the Bread of Life” in chapter 6 of the Gospel of John from where we left on last Sunday. After they had eaten the food that Jesus miraculously gave them, the crowds again followed Jesus, not for the discipleship purpose, but only to have their bellies filled. They asked Jesus to tell them what they could do to accomplish the work of God, but this time, they requested another sign from Jesus for them to believe in him. The answers of Jesus in this conversation will lead our meditation as we too follow him.
The Evangelist starts our Gospel passage by focusing on two verbs: “… they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea…” (Jn 6: 24-25). To “seek and find Jesus” is one of the important themes in the Gospel of John. It is always associated with discipleship. However, this is not the case with this crowd. When they found Jesus, they addressed him, not as “Lord” but as “rabbi”, “teacher” to mean that they looked for him not with the purpose of becoming his disciples as Jesus himself revealed it to them: “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.” (v. 26). This is our first point of meditation. Our mission of every day is “to seek and find Jesus.” First, you need to ask yourself: how and what do you do to seek Jesus? And what is your purpose: to continue to ... READ MORE
Theme: “The Hand of the Lord Feeds us; He Answers all our Needs”
For the next five Sundays, the Church sets aside the reading of the Gospel of Mark and suggests us a meditation on the “Bread of life” discourse found in the chapter six of the Gospel of John. The Gospel passage we heard today introduces us to this long meditation. Jesus fed over five thousand people who followed him. Elisha, in the first reading, also fed many people miraculously. The hand of the Lord feeds us, he answers all our needs, says our responsorial psalm of todays. In our second reading, Saint Paul from the prison urges us to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. All these (feeding us, answering our needs, and unity) take place at the celebration of the Eucharist that we call Mass.
Indeed, Saint John mentions that the feeding of the crowd happened near the Jewish feast of Passover. The Jews celebrate this feast every year to commemorate the liberation of their ancestors by God from the slavery in Egypt which prefigures their own salvation in the present and future time. The same God who liberated their ancestors in the past continues to save them. Thus, by putting the feeding of the crowd near the Jewish feast of ... READ MORE
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