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Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Third Week of Easter (11th April, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Stanislaus, B.M., Opt Mem)

 

Acts 6:8-15;
Ps 118:23-24.26-27.29-30 (R.v.1);
Jn 6:22-29.

Topic: What worth working for.

The people who ate the bread and fish Jesus multiplied came looking for Jesus in today’s gospel. When they finally found Jesus they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” And Jesus replied them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves”.

Jesus went on to warn, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” This warning is very much vital today more than ever because the very things Jesus warns us against are the things we are ready to do anything for even to kill, cf. Jas 4:1-2a. We forget that all we eat and drink goes from the mouth to the stomach and out of the body, cf. Matt 15:17. Imagine the people who had more than they could eat just yesterday are in today’s gospel looking for Jesus for the same perishable things.

The people later asked Jesus, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” And Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Two questions among others come to mind here:

i.          Do we believe in Him whom God has sent?

ii.         To what extent will the things we pursue today take us?

Bible Reading: Ps 49: 1-20.

Thought for today: Let us work today for tomorrow.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to work for the food that endures for eternal life – Amen.

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