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DG BookGospel: John 6:22-29
Next day, the people, who had stayed on the other side, realized that only one boat had been there, and that
Jesus had not entered it with his disciples; but rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Other boats from Tiberias
landed near the place where all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples

were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they
asked him, “Master, when did you come here?” Jesus answered, “Truly, I say to you, you look for me, not because of the signs which
you have seen, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives
eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for he is the one on whom the Father has put his mark.” Then the Jews asked him,
“What shall we do? What are the works that God wants us to do?” And Jesus answered them, “The work God wants is this: that you
believe in the One whom God has sent.”

 

Reflection:

 

In the early Church arose some tensions about the primacy of
work or faith. We have James writing plainly that without
works, faith is as good as dead (cf. Jas. 2: 17). John is providing
us with a different perspective, combining both. Jesus invites
the people to work for the imperishable food. The crowd
wants to know what they must do, to which Jesus answers that
the work God wants them to do is to believe in Christ. Faith
is Work. Ask those who have walked the dark path of faith.
Faith is work that makes one’s soul sweat blood. It is work that
demands one’s entire life space. Faith is a verb that demands
constant doing. Those who are engaged in that work know
well that they cannot realize it on their own, and they must
beg, “I have faith; but help my unbelief!” (Mk 9:24).

 

 

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