What Works?
Malvern Minute

Today's Daily Reflection

 

A Minute from Malvern – What Works?
            
April 16, 2018 – Monday of the Third Week of Easter
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One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)
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A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (6:22-29):

[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you. 
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” 
So they said to him,
“What can we 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.”

Reflect: What can we do to accomplish the works of God? Jesus fed the vast crowd, yet the people continue to hunger. Although Jesus leaves the place where he multiplied the loaves, many of the same people continue to seek him out; they want more. He challenges their hearts. What are you really working for – more bread or “the food that endures for eternal life?”  Maybe the challenge purifies their hearts to consider what is really important because they respond with: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”  With the door open, Jesus presents them with an opportunity to profess their faith: “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”  Of course, Jesus is inviting those who followed him across the sea to show with their lives – their choices and actions – that they believe that he is the Christ. In that way they will complete the works of God. Undoubtedly, some people became disciples immediately, others not so quickly, and still others walked away without accepting the invitation. We can relate. We are baptized, attend Mass and receive the sacraments.  The underlying question remains: Are we truly doing the works of God? Do our lives reflect our belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World? Do we live and witness to Jesus Christ when convenient and inconvenient – or only when it’s safe or where it’s expected? Do we let our faith in him lead us in forming our conscience and making not only the ordinary but the extraordinary decisions of life? What works are we doing? As disciples in formation, Jesus asks that we do the right things for the right reasons. May our hearts desire to do the works of God everyday and everywhere!

Questions: Am I committed to doing the works of God? Does my life reflect my belief in Jesus Christ as Savior of the World? Do I live and witness to Jesus Christ when convenient and inconvenient – or only when it’s safe or where it’s expected? Do I let my faith in him lead me in forming my conscience and making not only the ordinary but the extraordinary decisions of life?

Pray: Loving God, you alone have the words of everlasting life. Please give me the grace of faith to do your works, and to proclaim my faith and trust in you at all times and in every situation of my life.   I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen                                                                                        

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you, says the Lord, alleluia!

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