The Good News for the day, April 16, 2018
Monday in the Third Week of Easter (273)
The day after Jesus walked on water, the great number of people who had stayed back across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there—that Jesus had not gone along with his chosen followers in that boat, but that just his disciples had been in it and gone. Other boats eventually came over from Tiberias to the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord “gave thanks.” When the crowd saw that both Jesus and his chosen followers were gone, they got into these boats and came back over to Capernaum looking for Jesus. Once they found him back there, they said to him, “Teacher, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them, “The truth is, you’re looking for me not because you saw meaningful acts, but because you ate the bread and got filled up. Don’t work so hard for food that just goes away, but for food that last towards a permanent life—which This Human Child is going to be giving you. On him the Father, God, has marked His stamp of approval.” So, people said, “What is it we do to perform what God wants us to do?” Jesus answered, “Here is THE work of God—for you to believe in the one He has sent.” (John 6)
“…for you to believe in the One He has sent.” Jesus uses their quest to swerve these people away from “this” world and send them to the kingdom of His Father.
In this world, you eat to stay alive. At the miracle of the loaves and fishes, yes, Jesus fed their hunger. You eat at home and restaurants to stay alive. Jesus is saying there is another Life, another way to get nourishment.
Sensibly, His listeners recognize the imagery, and ask not about food, but about actions. They “get it” so far—He is saying to them (us) that Our Father-Creator—source of all food, all nourishment—is the source not just of existing human bodies, but of spiritual Life—Real Living: “How do we get this Other Life?” they (we) ask.
Faith—Jesus answers. Not a thoughtless faith in doctrines, other people, or our own conscience—but to appreciate someone who IS a Child of God—someone “marked with the approval of God”—not by a voice from heaven, but by a life of gratitude, service, sharing, and humility. These are the traits they have seen Jesus just exhibit—quietly disappearing after creating a generous service based on “giving thanks.”
We Believe in The Human Child (of God) by recognizing the community around us—the people we believe in because we find mutual nourishment there. Faith in one another. Faith that sees and acknowledges God in the Goodness in front of you. Faith that flourishes in the mutual nourishment of the Family of God.