Lenten Devotional: Tuesday, April 2
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal. John 6:27
The feeding of the 5,000 opens the minds of Jesus’ followers to the possibility that he is more than just an ordinary man. Perhaps he is a prophet; perhaps he should be their king? They follow Jesus to the other side of the sea, so he uses this opportunity to lead them from thinking about food to sustain daily human life to considering a deeper life in God that is lasting. They can, through Jesus, dedicate themselves to a spiritual life that can lead to eternal life with the Father.
Jesus offers hospitality out of love for all people, inviting all to his Table as a way to eternal life. Welcoming all to the Table at the Holy Eucharist has become so important to us now that we celebrate the Eucharist each Wednesday and Sunday. The Wednesday Eucharist is small, with a gathering around the altar for the bread and wine. Feel welcome, come, taste and see that the Lord is good!