Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter

John 6:22-29

The Bread of Life Discourse

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

“You are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.” Jesus invites His listeners to strive for higher realities. “Work for food….that endures for eternal life.”

The invitation to strive for higher realities is constant in practically all religions. In Christianity this is captured in the Sermon on the Mount: “Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides,” (Matt 6:33).

We are constantly advised to seek “the truth about things in matter,” to desire and work for things that truly count.

This is part of the genuine wisdom throughout human history. Plato urged his disciples to love the “eternal ideas” and to reject mere shadows. The Old Testament sapiential literature repeats the invitation of Wisdom to take solid nourishment.

In time, Wisdom comes among us as Jesus. The Gospels repeat the refrain that “He taught with authority, unlike the scribes and Pharisees.” St. Paul would warn his communities against teachers who merely tickle their bearing. The Pastoral Letters exhort the teachers and leaders to give their congregations solid food. The well-known passage from 2Timothy (4:1-5) is worth remembering.

In decadent times people prefer only entertainment and light literature. In the Church we should weep when preachers use the pulpit only to entertain, gauging the “success” of the homily by the number of times the people laugh.

“Work for food…that endures for eternal life.” (Fr. Willy Villegas, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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It is easy to be engrossed in material things. We can become captivated by new inventions and can get hooked on new games or gadgets. We may then feel we need the latest model of cellphone, computer or whatever comes along. Because of this we waste a lot of money and time. The crowd in the gospel today had just witnessed a great sign which Jesus had worked to symbolize the Holy Eucharist. But most of the people were attracted to Jesus as one who could their life easier by giving them free meals whenever they were hungry or lead them to defeat their political oppressors. This misunderstanding surely made Jesus disappointed with them. “Do not work for food that perishes but for that which last forever and gives everlasting life.” Jesus wanted them to seek not only material things He could give, but to accept Him and His message. When Jesus explained that they should hunger for the true bread of life, His Body, which He would give them in the Holy Eucharist, most of these people walked away. What do we seek from life? From Jesus? Do we seek only things He can give us or do we seek Him as a friend, a companion? To make the right choice, and to be faithful to that decision, we need the wisdom and zeal which comes from the Holy Spirit, as we see in St. Stephen in the first reading. (Fr. Jim Risse, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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All beggars rely on the merciful hearts of passersby who are moved to give alms. But this one particular beggar patiently waits for his one particular daily almsgiver. Each day the beggar stands at his post where his charitable donor passes by and spares him some loose change. The donor was confronted by a friend, “Why do you give daily alms to that beggar? You are only tolerating his laziness.” The donor courteously replied: “Yes my friend, at times I also feel guilty that I may be doing an injustice to the beggar. But I always suppose that the loose change I give might turn out to be his last recourse for a decent meal. I would be more guilty if I don’t give.” In life the practice of charity is not limited to almsgiving. It is sharing with what we have to those who are in need, for example, a piece of advice to one who is confused, lending a helping hand to one carrying a heavily load, uttering a word of gratitude or appreciation to one who has given the best efforts, yielding one’s right of way in order not to create a traffic snarl, etc. a good deed done for faceless people through the Eucharistic bread, Christians become God’s bread for others when they “break and share” themselves, in simple and ordinary ways, for the good of others. Easter is a season of “white martyrdom” – the martyrdom through good deeds as a manifestation that the Risen Lord is alive not only in the celebration of the liturgy but also in the lives of those who follow Him. (Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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Camus in The Plague illustrates human responses to suffering. The Bubonic plague is raging in the city, Paneloux, the priest, tries to find meaning in the plague. The unbelieving doctor, Rieux, finds no meaning in it and does not seek to. He tries, rather, to overcome the disease and its ravages. Rieux says: Every country priest who visits his parishioners and has heard a man gasping for breath on his deathbed, thinks as I do. He’d try to relieve his suffering before trying to point out its excellence.

Jesus in the gospel challenges us to purify and examine our faith, our discipleship in Him. Faith is beyond mere enjoyment of God’s goodness and blessings.

Rieux’s conviction illumines us on how Christian life should be contextualized. His decision to do something against human misery certainly reflects Jesus’ mission. Suffering cannot just be contemplated, it has to be diminished. Scientific advancement and technology as the Magisterium puts it, is the manifestation of God’s majesty and splendor (John Paul – On Faith and Reason). Scientists, inventors and those who are interested in learning the laws of nature, no matter how mundane their concerns are, make human life less miserable. Doctors, nurses and those engaged in health care, by their efforts give hope and healing to a wounded world. Militant groups and some sectors of society who thirst for justice and those trying to purge structural evil are called by Jesus, the Lord of justice and liberator. Truly, salvation demands human participation. We are co-redeemers of Jesus, active participants in His salvific work. We cannot just be passive recipients of God’s blessings but active partners of Jesus in the unfolding of the Kingdom of God. (Fr. Martin Mandin, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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There was a married woman who worked very hard to get rich. However, she was involved in money lending – ten percent interest per month. She approached me and asked why she was unhappy. She was unsatisfied and disturbed, impatient, insecure, easily got irritated and had no peace of mind. In fact, she became paranoid.

In our daily lives, we always hunger for many things. In John 6:27, Jesus is asking, “Why do you work for food that cannot last? Why not work for food that endures forever which I prepared for you.”

Jesus invites His listeners to strive for higher realities. The multiplication of the loaves is not meant to impress people with spectacular things nor provide them food just to satiate physical needs. It is meant to be a ‘sign’ that points beyond what the senses perceive. The crowds failed to see beyond the miracle. There’s more than bread that keeps man alive.

Jesus’ life exemplifies obedience to God’s will: “My food is to do the will of my Father.” To do God’s will serves as food that nourishes, the imperishable that gives life. This food for eternal life is what we call “The Eucharist.”

Some points for reflection: Many learned people seek Christ through speculation and scholarship. But Christ can be found only by pondering and believing. Why do we seek Christ? How different are we from the crowds who sought Him for what He can give them? (Fr. Venerando Yator, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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I have to admit that at 50 something years old, I begin to notice that my physical health is beginning to wane and there are already signs of joints aching and muscular pains all over my body. Diet indeed plays a crucial factor in our physical wellbeing. At my age I need to be discriminating in what I eat and I need to have regular exercise. This is far from what I have been accustomed to in my younger years when I could eat anything but unfortunately I realize that the consequences of my wanton excesses in food is finally catching up with me physically. This is only about physical wellbeing. There is another more important part of us that needs to be nourished and sustained. And that is our spiritual well-being. Like the body, it needs to be properly sustained by spiritual food. Our Lord offers Himself as our spiritual sustenance. Jesus as the body needs proper exercise to do our spirits. We need to exercise and practice what we have received from our Lord. We may be receiving our Lord daily through His words and by communion, but they are not enough to keep us spiritually healthy. We need to practice His words in our daily lives through charity, justice, kindness and other works of mercy. Otherwise, we remain stagnant in our spiritual life. If we believe the saying “What we are, is what we eat,” then receiving our Lord as often as possible will transform us and become like Him. (Fr. Jose Caballes, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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April 11, 2016 Monday

Abraham Maslow, the Father of Humanistic Psychology, was the proponent of Hierarchy of Human Needs. He categorized them into five (5), namely: Physiological, Safety, Belonging, Esteem and Self-actualization.

Maslow realized too that fulfilling human needs is not enough because humans have insatiable needs! What is truly needed if one wants to grow? Self-transcendence! Constant fulfilling of one’s needs without making sacrifices could lead to selfishness.

These basic needs and self-transcendence correspond to the four (4) major aspects of human persons: 1. Physical (Physiological & Safety); 2. Emotional (Belonging); 3. Mental (Esteem & Self-actualization); and 4. Spiritual (Self-transcendence).

The physical, the visible or seen aspect, comprises only one fourth, while, the invisible and the unseen aspects – emotional, mental and spiritual –comprise three fourths!

This shows that the majority of human aspects are not seen or we might call “spiritual”. The Gospel for today should be understood from this perspective.

Jesus reminded the people: “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” Going beyond the material food, Jesus is offering spiritual food which could transport humans to eternal life.

Needless to say, material food perishes; only spiritual food lasts. Do we want to gain eternal life? Transcend! Go beyond material/physical needs!

Let the words of Jesus be our guide here on earth: “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD | DWC, San Jose, Occ. Mindoro Bible Diary 2016)

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April 23, 2012

St. George, martyr
St. Adalbert, bishop and martyr
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Monday of the Third Week of Easter
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Acts 6:8-15
Ps 119
Jn 6:22-29

The Bread of Life Discourse 

22The crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. 23Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. 24When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26Jesus answered them and said, “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. 27Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” 28So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” 29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

Reflection:

Do not work for food that perishes. The crowd looks for Jesus and follows him. But they are motivated by the thought of getting free food from Jesus. They have been impressed by the multiplication of the loaves and fish. If Jesus has multiplied the loaves, surely he can do more for them and give more than bread.

But Jesus reminds them not to work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give them. Beyond the physical bread, there is another bread that will bring them to eternal life. And he himself is the bread that has come from the Father. He himself is the living bread that will lead them to everlasting life.

Why do we seek and follow Jesus? Are we just fascinated by his miraculous deeds or thrilled by his extraordinary wonders? Jesus asks us to go beyond these. Let us seek Jesus with the eyes of faith. Let us follow him, for we believe that he alone can lead us to the Father.

Do you see the Eucharist as food unto eternal life

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HIS WISDOM: But they could not withstand the wisdom… – Acts 6:10

The speaker stood on the stage, expounding on the Word of God, quoting Theology and Philosophy, but nobody was really listening. He kept at it, but the sound of talking, whispering and moving chairs got louder.

In the middle of a sentence, he stopped. And after a few minutes, the noise died down. The room was quiet and everyone kept still. All eyes were on the speaker, but he remained silent.

After a while, he began to speak again, this time telling them what God’s love is all about, speaking in very simple language. He spoke to them about Stephen, a man full of grace and power, and whose faith never waned, even when people testified falsely against him. In the end, these people saw that Stephen’s face was like the face of an angel.

In the same way, the people listening to the speaker realized that they “could not stand up against his wisdom” and that he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Chelle Crisanto (ellehcmaria@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Sometimes, we think we know more than everybody else. But we need to listen and learn more in order to live a more glorious life.

Teach me to be humble, train me to open my heart to Your grace, and keep me always in Your embrace.

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1ST READING: Stephen is a man inspired by the Holy Spirit. Some might say that Stephen lacked common sense; others will say that he was courageous. I believe that he was simply inspired by the truth of the Gospel and unwilling to compromise its message. This is the sort of conviction we need today if we are to be true to the mandate of bringing the Gospel to all men and women. Acts 6:8-15

GOSPEL: First, Jesus multiplies food and then He walks on water. There is something very special about Him. He is more than merely human – He is also the Son of God. It is in His divinity that He redeems us; in His humanity He identifies with us to the degree that the redemption He offers is accessible to us. Nothing happens by chance in the Scriptures. Each word and story reveal to us the truth of our redemption. John 6:22-29

think: Nothing happens by chance in the Scriptures. Each word and story reveal to us the truth of our redemption.

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DO NOT WORK FOR FOOD THAT PERISHES: Jesus is telling us in today’s Gospel that we need to find the correct perspective in life. We need to be sure that our focus is on the things that matter and that we do not waste our time and energy building relationships or personal empires that will ultimately prove to be worthless or, at best, unimportant. He is not saying that the Kingdom of God is the only thing that matters. The Church’s teaching is very clear that we are called to engage the world in order to draw it and everything that it stands for into a closer relationship with God.

We live in the world and we cannot avoid engaging with it. The quality of our faith will show itself in how we live in and with the world. One of the truths that we should remember is that, if we work for the food that lasts and endures, the grace of God will always sustain us. The opposite is also true — that if we work for food that perishes, we will constantly find ourselves frustrated and hungry. When we move in accordance with the mind and will of God, His grace will feed and sustain our spirits. It is this strength that Paul refers to when he says that it is his faith that strengthens him in his missionary endeavors.

Let us always remember that with God all things are possible. Without Him, we will be constantly battling but not achieve victory. In all of this, it is the wisdom and mind of God that we have to learn to discern over and above the attractions and pressures of the world. This is not an easy task — we need to support one another if we want to be successful. Let us pray for the right sensitivity of spirit that will enable us to discover God’s mind and will for us as individuals and as a community of faith. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Do you feel constantly frustrated in all that you do in relation to your faith? Are you sure you have discerned God’s will correctly?

Holy Spirit, lead and guide me in the ways of God. Help me to remain open to Your voice whenever I am trying to discern what it is that God wants me to do next.

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My Reflection for Monday May 5, Third Week of Easter; John 6:22-29 – Reflection: Do you still have time to reflect about the present state of your spiritual life? You do this just to reflect if you’re still living a life of purpose with Jesus. Many of us today don’t have time anymore to reflect about the present state of our life with Jesus. Instead what we have time for is to think on how we could earn more to assure our future in this world.

But what will happen to us if all we think about is how to ensure our future in this world? We may become people of this world that is alien to the significant role of God in our lives.

As we exist in this world we must not also forget to think about our relationship with God. If we are able to feed our bodies with food to make us strong and healthy. Then, it is also incumbent upon us that we nourish our hungry spirits with God as often as we nourish our mortal bodies with food.

Why do we desire to follow Jesus? Is it because we want to have material prosperity? So that we could buy whatever we want from this world? Or we follow Jesus for the reason that we want to feed our hungry spirits and we want peace and serenity in our lives.

In our gospel for today the crowd was chasing Jesus not because they want to feed their hungry spirits. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Reflection for April 11, Monday Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr; John 6:22-29

Reflection: A man was once asked why he attends the celebration of the Holy Mass everyday. He said that he does so because he wants to be nourished by Jesus everyday. Then he said these very profound words: “I don’t have the heart to refuse Jesus who always offers Himself to me during Holy Communion.”

In almost everyday of our lives Jesus always offers Himself to us by way of Holy Communion inside the celebration of the Holy Mass.  He is the food that does not perish and He is the food that gives eternal life. We often times take Him for granted for the reason that we don’t go to Holy Mass everyday even if we have the luxury of time.

But when are we going to Jesus? When we are in dire need of Him already? Let us not wait for the time to come when we will be forced to go to Jesus because we are already sick or a few steps away from death.

Let us take advantage of the present moment that we have every day let us go to Jesus now. For everything is ours to gain, we will not lose anything except our sinfulness the moment we decide to go to Jesus.

When are you going to Jesus who always offers Himself to you in the celebration of the Holy Mass? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

MONDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR C) – JUAN 6:22-29. UNSA MAY KANUNAY NATONG GIPANGAYO SA GINOO DIHA SA ATONG MGA PAG-AMPO? Giingnan ni Hesus ang mga tawo nga nagsigi’g sunod kaniya: “Nangita kamo kanako kay nakakaon man kamo sa pan ug nangabusog, ug dili tungod kay nakasabot kamo sa mga milagro nga akong gihimo.” Atong masabtan ning ebanghelyo nga mas malipay si Hesus kon ang mga sumusunod magtinguha sa pagsabot sa iyang mensahe kaysa magpunay lang og pangayo sa mga materyal nga butang. Gani, miingon siya: “Ayaw kamo paghago alang sa kalan-on nga madunot, kondili sa kalan-on nga molungtad.” Busa, sa sunod higayon nga kita mag-ampo sa Ginoo, unahon nato ang pagpangayo og grasya sa pagsabot sa Iyang kabubut-on diha sa atong kinabuhi. “When we put God’s kingdom and righteousness first in our life, whatever we need will be provided for us.”  Posted by Abet Uy

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THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER

Monday, April 11

Act 6: 8-15; Jn 6:22-29

Relationship with God

Some of us love AAP (Aam Aadmi Parti- A political Party in India) where as others love to hate it and its leader Arvind Kajeriwal. The reason for the success of AAP is very simple. Mr. Kajeriwal showed it to the people that any common man/woman, by his/her determination and hard work can reach to the power centre of the country. Whether Kajeriwal is genuine or not in his efforts will be proved only by the passage of time.

One of the great things that Jesus did during His earthly life was that he made each person realise that he/she can have a loving relationship with God.

Prior to today’s Gospel account, Jesus had multiplied bread and fed five thousand. The people were in search of him so that they would get more bread. The vision of the people was limited. They were taught so by the elders and leaders; to relate with God only to fulfil one’s material needs. Jesus asks them to transcend their vision. He teaches them that we must work to have eternal food. To fulfil the will of God is the only way for it. And as we see, once people realised it, they were ready to live it (v.28).

It is a fact that there is lot of misery in this world. The greatest and simplest solution for it is to help people to enter in a loving relationship with God. How much sinful we may be, we can have loving relationship with him just as the prodigal son had. How much weak we are we can relate with him in love just as Peter did. How much late we were to love him, he will reward us just as he rewarded equally all the labourers worked in his vineyard.

Loving relationship with God will transcend our earthly needs and will help us to aspire for eternal things. Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI

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April 11, 2016

REFLECTION: There is a proverb that says, “Silence is golden.” This amounts to a warning: if you talk a lot, you have a good chance of saying something foolish at some point. That is true, but like many proverbs “silence is golden” cannot be adopted as an absolute norm. Sometimes silence is a cowardly betrayal.

Today’s liturgy presents us with three men who dared to speak out against evil and who paid their act of bravery with their life.
The first man is the saint we celebrate today, Bishop Stanislaus of Kracow, Poland. When his king, King Boleslow, invaded Russia, Stanislaus excommunicated him. In retaliation, the king had him assassinated in 1079.
The second man, the deacon Stephen, is presented in today’s first reading as a fearless defender of the Christian new faith. His opponents ended up stoning him to death.

The third man is Jesus himself. In today’s gospel reading we see how he fearlessly denounced people’s wrong motives for following him around: they only care for material food, not for God’s food which Jesus wants to give them. We know how his straight talk landed him on the cross.

Do we dare to speak up when our conscience tells us we should?

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