April 19, 2021
by Nicky Santos, S.J.
Creighton University's Jesuit Community and Business School
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Monday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 273

Acts 6:8-15
Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
John 6:22-29

Celebrating the Easter Season

Doubting Comes from
Being Out of Communion

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

Today’s gospel reading immediately follows the miracle of walking on the water. But the crowds who had just witnessed the miracle of the multiplication of loaves were not privy to this other miracle. Hence, their wonder at how Jesus got to the other side when they did not see him get into the boat with the disciples. One would think that seeking Jesus is something to be praised and desired. Yet, Jesus himself chastises the crowds who seek him out. This is because they have a wrong idea of who he is. Their focus is on the earthly and temporal whereas Jesus is inviting them to move their attention to the heavenly and eternal. He wants them to seek the food that only he can give, one that will last forever.

As I reflect on the gospel, I ask myself whether I focus on what is temporary, fleeting, superficial, or on what is eternal, lasting, deep. Is my relationship with Jesus merely one where I seek him to perform miracles? Or is it one where I truly believe who Jesus is, the one sent by God? And does this believing translate itself into action where I become the presence of Jesus in the world today. During these pandemic times, there is undoubtedly a temptation to seek Jesus the miracle worker. But as we celebrate this Easter season, we are called to embrace Jesus, the real bread of life and to be committed as disciples to the vision of life he proposes. A vision of life that calls us to move away from self-interest towards fashioning a kingdom where the least among us are cared for and respected.  

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