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Today’s Gospel
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Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 6:22-29): «Work for the food that endures for eternal life». After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea. The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today the people are looking for Jesus. Just before, the Lord fed all of them: with a few loaves 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 of eternal life”. What is this bread? Jesus was referring to the Eucharist and the Holy Communion…

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