Today’s Gospel Reading: John 6:30-35 – THIRD WEEK OF EASTER: Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Jesus not only gave new life to old symbols, such as the manna in the desert, but He gave a new covenant in which the Bread of Life would be available to every person. This entire intermediary system of Judaistic practices would be gone and the Lord would come to each individual directly as food. And, “The effect of our sharing in the body and blood of Christ is to change us into what we receive” (Pope Saint Leo the Great).
The result of Stephen’s speech was not a personal triumph. He was stoned to death and it signalled the beginning of the break with the synagogue. But standing nearby was Saul. Stephen’s message took root deep in Saul’s heart. The themes of freedom from Law, Law as ministry of death, the letter of the Law as a killer while its spirit gives life would all reappear in his letters.
The example we give, like that of Stephen, has a rebound effect. We also give fresh life to old symbols. People see the great truths of Christianity in a fresh way in our lives. Each of us is fresh expression of the Gospel message.
Jakarta, 17 April 2018
A Christian Pilgrim