Gospel for April 23, 2012, Monday
3rd Week of Easter
George / Adalbert
1st Reading: Acts 6:8-15
Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Some persons then came forward, who belonged to the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia and Asia. They argued with Stephen but they could not match the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. As they were unable to face the truth, they bribed some men to say, “We heard him speak against Moses and against God.”
So they stirred up the people, the elders and the teachers of the Law; they took him by surprise, seized him and brought him before the Council. Then they produced false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking against our Holy Place and the Law. We even heard him say that Jesus the Nazarean will destroy our Holy Place and change the customs which Moses handed down to us.” And all who sat in the Council fixed their eyes on him, and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.
Gospel: John 6:22-29
The next day the people who had stayed on the other side realized that only one boat had been there and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples; rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Bigger boats from Tiberias came near the place where all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Master, when did you come here?”
Jesus answered, “Truly, I say to you, you look for me, not because you have seen through the signs, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for he is the one the Father has marked.”
Then the Jews asked him, “What shall we do? What are the works that God wants us to do?” And Jesus answered them, “The work God wants is this: that you believe in the One whom God has sent.”
When Jesus spoke in today’s reading about the “food that the Son of Man gives you” he was speaking (according to most commentators), not yet specifically about the Eucharist, but about his entire “work” – his revelation. But ‘revelation’ can seem a very abstract word; it can appear to be a mere matter of communicating information. Jesus, however, is the embodied revelation of the Father. He is, as the first verse of John’s gospel puts it, “the Word,” (logos in Greek). But in Greek, logos means more than what we mean by ‘word’. It means meaning, harmony, inner principle… Jesus is all this.
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