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Liturgical day: Monday 3rd of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 6,22-29): «Work for the lasting food which gives eternal life». After Jesus had fed the five thousand, his disciples saw him walking on the water. Next day the people who had stayed on the other side realized that only one boat had been there and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples; rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Bigger boats from Tiberias came near the place where all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, «Master, when did you come here?». Jesus answered, «Truly, I say to you, you look for me, not because you have seen through the signs, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for he is the one the Father has marked». Then the Jews asked him, «What shall we do? What are the works that God wants us to do?». And Jesus answered them, «The work God wants is this: that you believe in the One whom God has sent».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today the people are looking for Jesus. Just before, the Lord has fed all of them: with a few loaves of bread and some fish, He has satisfied the hunger of many thousands of men, women and children. All are seeking Him! But now Jesus Christ is speaking to them about “the bread for eternal life”. What is this bread? Jesus was referring to the Eucharist and the Blessed Comunion…

—But, above all, what feeds us, what really makes us grow, is to love and to obey God.