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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Tuesday 3rd of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 6,30-35): The people said to Jesus, «Show us miraculous signs, that we may see and believe you. What sign do you perform? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert; as Scripture says: ‘They were given bread from heaven to eat’». Jesus then said to them, «Truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven. My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. The bread God gives is the One who comes from heaven and gives life to the world». And they said to him, «Give us this bread always». Jesus said to them, «I am the bread of life (…)».

John 6: Law has become Person

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today Jesus’ "I am" resounds again. He has just asked them to work for the food that remains unto eternal life. But man hungers for more. He needs something more than the manna of the desert. The gift that feeds man as man must be greater, must be on a wholly different level.

Is the Torah this other food? It is in some sense true that in and through the Torah, man can make God's will his food. So the Torah is "bread" from God then; and yet it shows us only God's back, so to speak, it is a "shadow". «For the bread of God is that which comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world» (Jn 6:33). As the audience still does not understand, Jesus repeats himself even more unambiguously: «I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty» (Jn 6:35).

—The law has become a Person!

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