Tuesday in 3rd Week of Easter, Year A; 2nd May 2017.
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it’s was not Moses who gave you 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.” They said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
Signs. Sight. Then Belief. The people wanted a show. Some kind of magical performance from our Lord Jesus Christ. The way they recalled the “manna in the widerness” event of the past, I wouldn’t be surprised if they spoke out of hunger. But the problem is they hungered for something less. And thus such hunger blurred their vision to Christ’s realness and clogged their minds towards belief. They hungered more for the physical. And this is what happens to us every time we hunger for worldly pleasures and crave earthly possessions and power: we’ll never be satisfied with the “enough” of it which we get, because the truth is “enough” is never really sufficient when it comes to what the world has to offer.
But Our Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient enough for us. He is the Bread of Life; it is He who can satisfy our hunger and quench our thirst. He is ever present in the Holy Eucharist to give us “this bread always” which we haven’t stopped seeking. It is believed that those who spend time in the presence of Our Saviour in the Blessed Sacrament and receive the Holy Communion handle daily struggles better than most.
Christ calls us to do the reverse of what the people did today. He wants us to first believe in His words, because it is only then we can gain the spiritual sight to see things as they really are and then by this, signs and wonders would happen as we shall be a reflection of His grace and mercy to others. Belief. Sight. Then Signs. May we believe in the Bread of Life and receive satisfaction each time we feast with our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.