The best way to celebrate the Easter Season is to continue to conform ourselves to the one who gave his life for us and that we may experience and be engaged in our life to the full. The best way to accomplish this is to live the Gospels in our everyday encounters with God and one another. Today’s Gospel reading from John picks up the storyline we have been following from Friday and Saturday. After Jesus walked across the Sea of Galilee and guided his disciples safely to the shore, that morning, those who had eaten as a result of the multiplication of the loaves and fish, got in their own boats to follow Jesus to Capernaum.
When the crowd found and gathered around Jesus, he continued to teach them, guiding them to “not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life,which the Son of Man will give you.” The people asked him what they could, “do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent” (cf: Jn 6:27-29).
The people asked Jesus what they were to do to accomplish the work of God, and he said to believe in the one he sent. The response of Jesus may not appear to fit the request. But to believe is not just a passive activity. Belief is to be followed by action. If we say that we believe in Jesus, do we pray with him, do we worship him independently and in communion with fellow believers, to we sing songs praising him, do we serve him through our giving ourselves to one another by practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy? When we experience set backs, interruptions, conflict, or outright tribulations, do we turn to cursing and yelling or Jesus for guidance and direction? Do we turn within ourselves or only surround ourselves with those of like mind, color, political and religious views, or do we embrace the richness of the uniqueness and diversity of God’s people?
If we are not consistently doing any of the above, then do we really believe in Jesus Christ, the one whom God sent? Where are we spending our time, talent, and treasure? Answering these questions is a good way to assess what and in who we truly believe. Admitting to ourselves where we really are in our relationship with Jesus is good to do. If our diagnosis today is that we are not as faithful as we would like, my recommendation is to take a spoonful of belief in Jesus, and do one small thing today with great love.
Easter flowers surrounding the altar at St Peter Catholic Church, Jupiter, FL
Link for the Mass readings for Monday, April 16, 2018: