The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Eldrick Pena):
Today’s reading tells us that “Jesus is the bread of life”. Jesus is the bread from heaven that satisfies our deepest hunger. This brings me to reflect on the Holy Eucharist where we receive Christ, truly present, in the form of bread. It satisfies not our physical hunger, but our hunger and longing for that union with the Lord.
Every time I receive Jesus in communion, I receive my much needed spiritual nourishment in order to face the challenges and responsibilities that await me on a given day. With the thought that I have received Jesus, there is this feeling that everything will be well. I just have to entrust myself to Him.
The Eucharist plays an integral part in my formation as priest-in-process. It is the core and summit of my life as a future priest. Like Jesus, blessed, broken and shared during the Holy Eucharist, I, having been blessed, am also being invited to be broken and to be shared all for the love of Christ. I should be an instrument in bringing Christ in the lives of those people that I come to inter-act with so they too, may experience the over-flowing love and compassion that Christ is offering to those who come to Him with repentant hearts.
Let us always turn to God especially in times of troubles and allow Him to work wonders in our life. Jesus has come to save not only the righteous but also the sinners. He is a God of mercy and compassion, the bread that will bring us to eternal life. AMEN.