The Gospel for Today
Monday of the Third Week of Easter
Jn. 6: 22-29
[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the 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.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus 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.
Do 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.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
Reflection (Sem. Tommy Gawain Lira)
One of the best ingredients that will help forming relationships is food. We eat together, we engage conversation, we strengthen our bonds and we become generous. However, there is one factor in spiritual life that will help and keep sustain that relationship, it is our habits.
Our habits today will help us determine our future. The kind of relationship that we want to build and the kind of people we want to be with. Maybe it is good to take inventory of our own habits from time to time and whenever we find that something is not right then it is time to change.
One of the dangers that we find that is associated with bad habits is that we may not suffer the consequences of the things we have done today but later on in life we face the same tune maybe the worst. If we get insufficient rest and nutrition for our body, for a time we may get away with sickness, but later on these bad habits will catch up with us. We should always remember that habits will either pull us up or will pull us down. Living a careless life and disorganized is not being a good steward of the time that God has given us. We may have plenty of excuses and rationalizations but if things will not bring us any closer to God then there’s a need to replace that negative habits.
Living with good habits will make our lives easier and productive. Let us do our part and let God involved in our situation.