Reading 1 (ACTS 8:1B-8)

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered
throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment.

Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 66:1-3A, 4-5, 6-7A)

R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R. Alleluia.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R. Alleluia.
“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R. Alleluia.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia (SEE JOHN 6:40)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (JOHN 6:35-40)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to the crowds,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen me,
you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (Acts 8:1-8), the man who held the coats during Stephen’s martyrdom now begins to persecute the Way. He burns the churches and arrests many believers in Jerusalem, while others escape his wrath. Those who have been scattered clinged to listen to Philip in Samaria as he preaches the Good News and performs miracles. Now as for Saul of Tarsus, a zealous Pharisee, he plans to extend his persecutions even until Damascus in Syria, yet along the way he would encounter the Lord that would eventually lead to his conversion.
In today’s Gospel (John 6:36-40), Jesus continues his discourse on himself as the Bread of Life. He came to obey not his own, but the will of God the Father who sent him. He preached to the crowds and performed mighty and merciful deeds. Above all, he gave up his life on the Cross and rose again from the dead in order that we might live and not be overcome by sin. In the Eucharist, it is he who gives us spiritual nourishment. But this should be manifest by living in God’s grace, meaning to say, being good in thoughts, words, and actions. Above all, this is how we are showing that we believe in him and obey the Father’s will. By doing these things, we will gain eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven at the end of our earthly journey. Although he is not saying that all food and drinks are not good. In fact, we have to eat the right food meals most of the time in order to attain physical nourishment, well-balanced diet, and healthy lifestyle. But in terms of faith, Christ is the bread that nourishes our souls. If we often receive him in Holy Communion everytime we attend Mass, then we should let his words and actions affect us. So as we journey down this Easter road, let us believe in Jesus by obeying the will of God the Father, and that is being good in thoughts, words, and actions.

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