Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6,30-35
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 him, “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.”
The bread of Life
1) Do we believe in You?: this is the question many people ask and even we ask ourselves because pain, death, and uncertainty challenge us. These things lead us to question ourselves and even get angry with God. No one wants pain in their life and that’s why when we experience pain in our lives we want to remove it anyway we can, even by getting angry with God. But we need to be fair and look at what we have, the beautiful things that have happened to us and the path that we’ve been travelling on. You have to look at the entire glass and not just the half that is empty.
2) Give us of that bread: today we are going through different times and we ask for churches to be reopened in order to attend mass as we used to. But there is a process for everything. Bishops have also been thinking, and my mind goes back to the first Christians facing Christian persecution, how they meditated the Word and were the domestic church. Today we are forging this idea, to be a home church, a domestic church. We are making church in our family. You have to become aware that your family is also the church and that praying is also work. So do not be discouraged if you are sitting in front of a computer screen with your headphones on watching mass. That is prayer too. Today together as the Church, we are living life and showing others that “a new day equals a new struggle.”
3) Bread of life: how many of us are valuing and enjoying spiritual communion today. While many of us miss physical communion, we are nourished by spiritual communion. God’s work continues to be evident as the coronavirus has shown us what man can achieve. But confinement has shown us that nothing and nobody stops Christians from continuing to have Jesus. We are likely to be laughed at and criticized by many, but I’m sure many are surprised at how God is part of all of this. See you at mass, because not even a bad Wi-Fi network can stop us!
God bless you and be with you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And always remember, Heaven is our goal!