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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Reflection 2021-04-19 Monday Week 3 in Easter

Acts 6:8-15; Psalm 119; John 6:22-29
In the Gospel, Jesus told those who were looking for him that they do so not because they saw signs but because you ate your fill of the loaves. These were the same people who wanted to make Jesus king. Their thought since Jesus can feed them, he can be king and provide all the food they need. But Jesus told them: do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. Our aim in life is not to only feed our bodies, or look for personal successes. But our aim in life is to go to heaven. We do this when we do the works of God and Jesus says: this is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.
To believe in Jesus is the work of God. This is what God wants us to do: to believe, to trust, to obey Jesus. This requires humility to accept Jesus as he is. This also requires courage because when we obey Jesus, people will hate us, just as can be seen in the First Reading where people seized Stephen and falsely accused him of blasphemy against the Temple and the law.
When this happens, we continue to trust in the Lord because he is the only One who can save us. While we know people can harm us physically when we believe in Jesus, we should not bend nor change our testimony because we are to work for food that endures for eternal life. This food is given by the Son of Man. We seek the food he gives, which nourishes us and gives life.
People can physically harm us, but when we trust Jesus, we are safe.
Lord, help me to trust you in the midst of persecution and false accusations. Give me courage to work for food you give, food that will last.

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