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April 26, 2004, Monday, Third Week of Easter

When the crowd found Jesus across the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered, “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.” (Jn 6:22-29)

[Beginning today, we start reading from what is called the “Bread of Life Discourse” in John. We will continue reading it through the rest of this week.]

After the miracle of the loaves, the crowd saw the disciples get into a boat to head for Capernaum, ad Jesus wasn’t with them. Eventually the people take boats to Capernaum. When they arrive Jesus is already there.

Jesus says that they're looking for him because they enjoyed the bread he gave them. This was food that perishes and was meant to be a sign of a food whose effects never perish – the divine revelation he brings, and the Eucharist. This food is forever.

It’s the old problem, Breaking our necks to get perishables, and overlooking the gifts that last forever.

Connecting with God (prayer), being fed by truths that come down from heaven (the word of God), sharing in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus (the Eucharist).

When my life on earth is coming to an end – and for sure it will – it won’t be fine cuisine that I cherish, but rather the food that lasts forever. Am I eating properly?

Spend some time with the Risen Lord.

35 posted on 04/29/2004 9:30:32 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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April 27, 2004, Tuesday, Third Week of Easter

Ferdinand Magellan

Born in Portugal 12 years before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, Ferdinand Magellan became well educated in astronomy and nautical sciences. As a young man he participated in expeditions to India and Morocco.

Wanting to make a name for himself as a an explorer, Magellan offered his services to Charles I of Spain to find a way to sail westward and arrive in the “far east” and the wealthy prospects of the Spice Islands. Columbus had sailed westward to the great land mass of the “new world.” The question was, could one sail through or around this land mass to get to what is today Indonesia?

In September 1519, Magellan led a fleet of five ships carrying 270 men and sailed west. Reaching coast of South America, he said southward looking for a sea passage that would enable them to go westward. On October 21, just south of what is today Argentina, he saw a waterway that looked promising. (It would one day be called the Strait of Magellan.) After five weeks of storms and winding, tortuous sailing, he emerged onto a great expanse of water which seemed so calm that he named it the "peaceful sea” (Pacific Ocean).

Months later, not yet at the Spice Islands, he stopped at the Philippines. There, on this date in 1521, he was killed in a fight with the natives.

It was over a year later when the one remaining ship of this expedition, with only 18 survivors aboard, finally reached home port in Portugal – providing the first practical proof that the world was round

36 posted on 05/14/2004 6:51:18 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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