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The good news for the day, May 1 2017

Monday of the Third Week of Easter (273)

The next day, the crowd that had remained across the sea realized just one boat had been there—and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in that boat—that just his close followers had gone. Other boats came over from Tiberias; these boats landed near where the crowds of people had eaten the bread when the Lord “gave thanks.” When people realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there any more, they themselves got into boats  and went back across the sea to Capernaum—looking for Jesus. Once they found him back across the sea, someone asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them, “The truth is, you came looking for me not because you saw things that meant a lot to you, but because you ate the loaves and got filled. Do not spend so much energy for food that expires but for the food that nourishes you into boundless life—which this Child of Humanity will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his approval.” So people said to him, “What can we be doing to put into practice the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is THE work of God, that you come to believe in the person He has sent.” (John 6)

Even after feeding the crowd with physical, tangible loaves of bread, Jesus stays focused, as He wants you to be. It is all about the Realm of belief, about our Father’s world, about the choosing that divides the followers of Jesus from pursuers of what perishes. Our daily work needs to stay focused on that Realm.

Jesus chides you and me, reminding us that what counts is what does not perish. We truly live when nourished by humility and the willingness to accept (His) criticism and re-direction. We mature by growing in the wide-ranging faith that characterizes the mature soul. What does not perish is the habit of caring for one another indiscriminately as demonstrated in the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Finally, to those of us looking all the time for an elusive Jesus, we live with an ever-present readiness for what does not perish—justice and repentance, self-knowledge of faults and strengths, appreciating Gifts of God that come moment by moment. Looking for Jesus in these places—is where you find Him, and Live.

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