Monday 19 April 2021

About Today Readings

Acts 6:8-15. Blessed are they who walk in the way of the Lord – Psalm 118(119):23-24, 26-27, 29-30. John 6:22-29.

Work for the food that endures to eternal life

The two readings in today’s liturgy are diverse. Stephen, the first martyr, is accused by false witnesses. But they could not counter his wisdom and the power of the Spirit within him. Against false witnesses he witnesses to a greater power in life. His accusers looked intently at him and they saw his face was like the face of an angel. The spirit of the risen Lord was in him. In this post Easter period where do we find the presence and power of the risen Lord? The risen Lord nourishes us in Word and Sacrament, especially the Eucharist, and not the bread and fish that nourished the hungry crowds in Galilee. At the Last Supper Jesus takes bread and wine. With the words he speaks it becomes for every disciple the body and blood of the Lord, food that endures to eternal life, and food to empower our witness.

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