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. Ramon C. Jamora)
In today’s world, driven by success, material possession, satisfaction, pleasure, recognition, etc… will someone easily buy or patronize what Jesus continues to offer, the Bread of Life, who is Himself? Will Jesus have an edge over the newest products, gadgets, clothing, or technology? How will bread be at par with everything that is latest? Will someone bother to check on the Bread than the latest “phabs” (phone and tablet)?
Today’s generation seems to be distorted with its priority. The hierarchy of needs seems relative and most of the time is based on preferences. The basics, like food, relationship and health, are no longer on top of the list. Nowadays, we tend to save to have the latest and newest gadgets. We choose something that is so temporal and material. We choose something that is disposable. It is a sad reality that we choose things over people. We choose to interact impersonally, empathize digitally, and be present virtually. We are slowly losing in touch of our own humanity.
Jesus, in the Gospel, reminds us of what is important in our life – giving of ourselves. Jesus knows the deepest longing of our hearts – to be with others. More than any other person, Jesus is the only One who continually gives Himself. Jesus tells us to come to Him. Jesus is always ready to listen and be present in whatever circumstance we are in. Jesus is present in the Eucharist – the Bread given to us. The simplest way to receive the bread that gives life is simply to receive Jesus. Let this be a reality today. Go to Jesus – visit Him in the nearest adoration chapel, hear Mass, say a little prayer. No experience would best describe Jesus’ invitation unless you do it. Approach Jesus today that you may have life.