The Good Shepherd has risen,
who laid down his life for his sheep
and willingly died for his flock, alleluia.
Great crowds followed Jesus as he preached the Good News, (w/c on paper), Wang, Elizabeth (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection
In the Gospel today we see the crowds continue to look for and follow Jesus. It seems they just want to see again something spectacular. Perhaps some of them hope that Jesus would look at them and help them. As we know Jesus would do that, he could see every need, but in this case, today, he gives them an important lesson. "Do not work for the food that cannot last, but work for the food that endures for eternal life." In other words, Jesus tells them not to follow him because of the miracles he does but accept in him the Savior first. "You must believe."
Perhaps it is not a coincidence that we receive this message on the first day of the closed church. Jesus turned to you today, and you, why you are following me? What is it that I am going to miss the most while the church door is closed and there is no access to the Sacraments?