Monday of the 3rd week of Eastertide

Acts 6:8-15; Psalm 118(119):23-24,26-27,29-30; John 6:22-29

We feast on John Chapter 6 this week - in which John teaches us much of the theology of the Bread of Life. Today's section is by way of an introduction, and if we did not know from the synoptic Gospels, the 7 words "his disciples saw him walking on the water" would seem absurdly brief for such an astonishing event. This kind of internal evidence points to the timing of the various gospel writings as they suggest that the author of John both knew of the other texts, and also would expect his readers to know them.

The main point of the text today concerns the disciples' belief in the bread of life. Could it mean that Jesus would always provide them with physical food (the feeding of the 5000 for example)? Were they expecting him to provide something like Manna?

Jesus is making clear that they were missing the sign that underlies the miraculous provision of food aplenty for all. The sign that becomes our sacrament of Jesus giving his entire self to each of us individually, in the eucharistic feast.

All that remains for us to do is to believe in Him, and in His giving.

 

 

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