The bread that satisfies
Monday, April 16, 2018
3rd Week of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 6:8-15
Gospel: John 6:22-29
The next day the people who had stayed on the other side realized that only one boat had been there and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples; rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Bigger boats from Tiberias came near the place where all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Master, when did you come here?”
Jesus answered, “Truly, I say to you, you look for me, not because you have seen through the signs, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for he is the one the Father has marked.” (…)
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
In high school we used to sing at Mass the song entitled “My Lord is long a coming”. The first stanza is not difficult to recall. It says, “Whenever I see a wooly lamb, jumping in a field, it reminds me of Him. Wouldn’t he leave the 99 and search for the one that was lost, and when he finds him, wouldn’t he be glad”.
The second stanza begins with “Whenever I see a loaf of bread….” I don’t recall anymore what comes next. The second stanza must really be difficult because back in high school we always mixed up the second with the first stanza this way: “Whenever I see a loaf of bread jumping in the field, it reminds me of him….”
Funny but profound! For indeed a loaf of bread reminds us of the Bread of Life jumping in the field for sheer joy at finding his lost sheep.
Today’s Gospel introduces us to the discourse on the Bread of life that stretches from verses 22 to 71 of John’s Gospel. The peoples’ search for Jesus after the multiplication of the loaves occasions the discourse. In verses 22-29 the people seeking to install Jesus as king on account of the miracle of the loaves he had performed are reminded that there is a better bread to seek, bread that truly and permanently satisfies.
If we are to seek for the mundane bread that perishes, our search would be compelling, yet futile, and our life would be a perpetual search for what cannot satisfy. Today, finding the bread that truly satisfies is easy; we can partake of it at our Eucharistic tables. Would that in finding it we’d be jumping in the field of charity as we strive to satisfy the hunger of others, having become the bread we eat at our Eucharistic banquets. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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