April 17, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

Jn. 6: 35-40

Jesus said to the crowds,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen me,
you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”

Reflection (Sem. Erniesto Sican)

Even with man’s sophisticated technologies and scientific discoveries, the world still suffers from poverty and hunger. Even in the first world countries, there is hunger and poverty. The best of man’s ability is nothing compared to the magnitude of human suffering. The experience of physical hunger and poverty caused millions around the world to suffer and die. But more than the physical, many are suffering from spiritual hunger and poverty. Many people are struggling to find meaning in their lives, ending in frustration, depression and hopelessness. Even the rich and the famous are desperate in searching for that which will satisfy their metaphysical yearnings.

Jesus in today’s gospel gives us the definitive answer, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Many great men and women of the past and of the present made great contributions for the advancement of humanity, but only Christ offered the real answer to the longings of the human heart. Yes, Jesus is the answer to all our concerns but He is asking us two things. First, He wants us to come to Him. Jesus respects our freedom and he wants us to respond to His invitation in freedom. He is waiting for us with an open arm, but first we need to act. He is not a dictator and he can only help us depending on our willingness to be helped in the first place. The second condition is, we must believe in Him. We need to believe that Jesus has the power to help us. I suppose He is not asking us to believe without a grain of doubt. He knows we cannot give the perfect ascent of faith all the time. But even with a grain of faith in our hearts, He can work miracles in our lives. Isn’t it he said, that if you have faith like that of a mustard seed, it is enough to move mountains.

Jesus is asking us to trust Him that He can do something for us. He is our God who transcends all the limits we set for Him. Maybe we can ask ourselves, “Am I waiting for the assurance before I put my trust to the Lord?” “What prevents me from trusting God?”

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