» 08/05/2012 VATICAN Pope: Earning our daily bread, above all our faith in Christ, the “true bread of life" At the Angelus in Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI emphasizes that the daily concerns of work, feeding and clothing ourselves are important, they can not be our sole concern. Faith in Christ is not just following an idea, a project, but an encounter with a living Person. Jesus, true Bread of Life satiates our hunger for meaning and truth.
(AsiaNews) - "In days full of trials and tribulations, but also those of rest
and relaxation, the Lord invites us not forget that while we worry about material
bread and restoring our strength, it is even more fundamental to develop our relationship
with Him, to strengthen our faith in He who is the "bread of life"
that fills our desire for truth and love. " This
is the conclusion of the Benedict XVI's brief reflection before praying the
Angelus with pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of
tension between the "material bread" and the "bread of
life" was the recurring refrain in the words of the pontiff, who commented
on the verse from the Gospel of John proclaimed in the Sunday liturgy (John 6,
XVI said that people, after the miracle of the multiplication of bread, go
looking for Jesus "Jesus - explained the pope - knew the reason for such
enthusiasm in following him and he says it clearly: you are looking for me not because you saw
signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled"(v. 26). Jesus wants to help people move
beyond the immediate satisfaction of their material needs, even though they too
are important. He wants to open up a horizon of existence which
is not simply that of the daily concerns of eating, dressing, a career. Jesus
speaks of a food that never perishes, which is important to partake of and welcome
says:" Do not work
for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you"(v. 27). The crowd once again does not understand, and
thinks that Jesus is demanding they observe certain precepts in order to obtain
the continuation of that miracle, and as a result asks, "What should we do
to accomplish the works of God?" (v. 28). Jesus' answer is clear: "This is the work of God, that you
believe in the one he sent"(v.
center of existence - says the Pope - what gives full meaning and firm hope to often
difficult journey is faith in Jesus, is our encounter with Christ. This does
not mean following an idea, a project, but encountering
Him as a living Person, to be fully involved by Him and His Gospel. Jesus
invites them to look ahead and to open the human horizon to the horizon of God,
the horizon of faith. He makes only one demand: to welcome God's
plan, that is, "believe in the one he sent" (v. 29). Moses had given
Israel the manna, the bread from heaven, with which God himself had fed his
people. Jesus does not give something, he gives Himself:
He is the "true bread which came down from heaven", and it is in
encountering Him that we encounter the living God. "
adds: "Jesus, the bread of life that satisfies our hunger for meaning, for
truth, can not be "earned" through human effort, He comes to us only
as a gift of God, as God's work, to be sought for and welcomed".