13 April 2016
Easter Weekday, 3rd Week of Easter
St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr
Acts 8:1b – 8 / Jn 6:35 – 40
An Italian, St. Martin I (d. 656) was elected Pope in 649. Exiled by Emperor Constans II for his defense of Christ as true God and true man, he died of starvation while in exile in Crimea.
From the 1st Reading: Acts 8: 1b – 4
This was the beginning of a great persecution against the Church in Jerusalem. All, except the apostles, were scattered throughout the region of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. Saul meanwhile was trying to destroy the Church; he entered house after house and dragged off men and women and had them put in jail.
At the same time those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
From the Gospel Reading: Jn 6: 35 - 40
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, even when you have seen. Yet, all that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me.
"And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what he has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live with eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day."
Jesus likened himself to bread, because it is a staple food. We all know that none of us could live very long without food. Without nourishment, our bodies would wither and eventually die. Just as food sustains our physical bodies, so does Jesus nourish our spirit.
In today's Gospel passage, when Jesus speaks of life, he means something more than mere physical existence. The life Jesus refers to is one connected to God the Father for all eternity. Jesus tells us that without him, no one can enter into a relationship with God.
"First he offers himself as spiritual food which produces the very life of God within us. Second, he promises unbroken friendship and freedom from the fear of being forsaken or cut off from God. Third, he offers us the hope of sharing in his resurrection. Those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior will be raised up to immortal life with Jesus when he comes again on the last day." (www.dailyscripture.net
What are you feeding your spirit? Are you living to sustain your physical life, or are you nourishing your spirit with the love and light of Jesus?
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