7 May 2019. Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
Reflection (Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church number 2830, states that “‘Our Daily Bread’ in the Lord’s Prayer means that the Father who gives us life cannot but give us the nourishment life requires – all appropriate goods and blessings, both material and spiritual.”
In our Gospel for today, Jesus is reminding me that He is the bread of life and whoever comes to Him will never experience hunger and thirst. But the good question to ask myself especially this Easter season is do I continue to experience hunger and thirst spiritually?
Reflecting upon the Gospel reading today, I believe this spiritual hunger and thirst ensue because I hear and receive Jesus through the Liturgy of the Word and of the Eucharist every day but they do not reflect in my words and actions.
The same is true with my relationship with the Lord. I am experiencing this spiritual hunger and thirst for Him because I am choosing not to eat and drink that which He is giving to me. What are these food and drink that He is offering me? These include forgiving other people, giving to the poor and the needy and being faithful in my personal prayer time. These are some of the examples why I am experiencing this spiritual yearning.
The Gospel for today is inviting me to examine myself again so that I can come to Him ready to accept the food and the drink He is offering. Hopefully, I will also be able to share them with others through my words and actions.
The Gospel Today
John 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.”