- Wednesday, 18 April 2018 -
Wednesday of the Third week of Easter
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:35-40.

Jesus said to the crowds, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen (me), you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day."
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Saint John XXIII
"Whoever comes to me will never hunger"

The economic problem is the frightening unknown quantity in our tormented time. The problem of daily bread, of wellbeing, is the anguishing uncertainty oppressing us amongst the masses who are anxious, unsatisfied and sometimes, unfortunately, starving. It is an obligation for us to unite our efforts, to make the necessary sacrifices according to the catholic doctrine issuing from the Gospel and the Church’s clear and solemn teachings, to take part in seeking a just solution for all. Yet it is useless for us to strive to fill stomachs with bread and satisfy their other sometimes desperate desires if we don’t succeed in feeding souls with the bread of life, true, substantial, divine, to feed them with that Christ for which they hunger and thanks to which one is able, alone, to reassume the way “to the mountain of God” (1Kgs 19:8). But it is in vain that we shall ask economists and legislators for new forms of social life if they remove from people’s eyes Mary’s gentle, maternal smile, whose arms are open wide to welcome all her children. On her breast pride is cast down, hearts are pacified in the holy poetry of christian peace and love. Let us join our efforts so that the heart of man may never be separated from what God, in catholic doctrine and world history, has so marvelously united: the eucharist and the Virgin.

Osservatore Romano 20/09/59