“What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you?” (Jn 6:30)

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Readings: Acts 7:51 – 8:1; Ps 30[31]:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21; Jn 6:30-35

Focus: “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you?” (Jn 6:30)

Miracle on 34th Street is a popular English movie, whose theme is whether Santa Claus is real or not. What is striking is the faith people want to have in a timeless symbol of good. And they need signs to cement their faith. Meeting a sincere ‘Santa’ makes them change their ways and have hope.

Jesus’ disciples who had been close witnesses to signs – like the recognition of Nathaniel, the miracle at Cana, and the encounter with the Samaritan woman – were now beginning to understand. And the common people who had seen the healing of the paralytic at the pool, and the feeding of the five thousand were hungry for more. However, Jesus who came to reveal the Father takes this opportunity to introduce the love of his Father through something as essential and common as daily bread (Gospel).

Today in times of distress there is scepticism and loss of hope. While Jesus may not physically manifest himself as he did 2,000 years ago, his presence is real in the Holy Eucharist.

We too are alive! We receive Jesus in the Eucharist into our heart at Mass. He gives us power to be the “sign” of a living God – so others too may believe (Focus).

Fruit: Can my words and actions reveal Jesus as I journey today so that I myself can be a sign for others to believe?

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