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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter Download This Homily

07 May 2019

Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

 

Acts 7:51 -- 8:1;

Psalm 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21;

Gospel JN 6:30-35


The crowd said to Jesus: "What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

He gave them bread from heaven to eat." 
So Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

So they said to Jesus, "Sir, give us this bread always."  Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst."


KEY FOR ETERNAL LIFE

 

At the time of Jesus, each aspect of the daily life a Jew was guided by the Mosaic Law. There were laws to govern social life, religious life, and cultural life. Laws dictated what they must do while in the field, war, family, synagogue and so on. Still Jesus saw them lacking one thing even though they were not far from the Kingdom of God (Mk 12:34). It was because they could not see God who is the source of all these laws. They saw Abraham as father of faith but failed to experience God who is the source of this faith. They saw Moses as one who gave the laws, but failed to see God who inscribed these laws in their hearts. No wonder that in today’s Gospel they spoke of receiving manna from the Moses.


Jesus gives them the key to the eternal life. It is nothing else but to see everything in life as the gift of God. Manna was not given by Moses but was the gift of Heavenly Father.


In our daily lives there are hundreds of things for which we must be grateful to God. Because as St. Paul says, we do not have anything that we didn’t receive as a gift (I Cor 4:7). The gratefulness towards the giver of the gift helps us to have strong personal relationship with Him. It helps us to live in His presence always as the gift reminds us of the giver of the gift. The gratefulness towards the giver of the gift will keep us humble and obedient to the giver. The realisation that ‘our-life-isa-gift-from-the-giver’ will inspire us to share our life with our brothers and sisters.


In short, the gratefulness towards God is the key to the eternal life.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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