The good news for the day April 3, 2017
Monday of the Fifth Week in Lent (274)
People in the crowd asked Jesus: “What meaningful thing can you do—that when we see it, we will come to believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors, for example, ate the miraculous manna in the desert (it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat”). In reply, Jesus said to them, “I am telling you the truth: it was not Moses who gave that bread from heaven. My Father gives you the ‘real bread from heaven.’ The ‘bread of God’ refers to whatever comes from heaven to give life to the world.” Their answer to Jesus: “Sir, give us this bread in some permanent way.” Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6)
Jesus is pointing to every here and now, to the “permanent” gift of “permanent” life of living with and in Him. Even then, the disbelievers thought mechanically, culturally—determined to misunderstand. There is no way Jesus can convey the mystery of Grace, of Life, of Resurrection and Newness—except through examples, poems, metaphors, and likenesses.
It is in the daily “daily-ness” that this Permanent Bread appears—this life of Jesus in the person across the table, the mechanic at the car repair, the murderer in prison, or the hospice nurse at the bedside. We come to Jesus—by seeing and hearing, knocking and seeking, awakening and watching. Then our eyes and hearts open. Our ears hear what is not said. The greeting becomes a knock at the door that opens a revelation to you that surprises you.
We often underestimate because of old habits—but Jesus says, “Be nourished by welcoming disagreements, by intellectual humility, by admitting you do not know, and by allowing the mystery of another person’s wealth of spirit to unfold for you.” Listen to both birds and silence. Watch the walk and struggle of another. Care to be quiet when you want to interrupt.
THAT is the nourishment you need—the discovery of Good—its gives you life.