August 1, 2021
There are many important things that we can’t see. But, as Jesus shows in today’s Gospel, God gives us signs to lead us from what is visible to what is invisible. To His Real Presence.
- In the gospel reading, Jesus starts with an enthusiastic crowd, but rebukes their enthusiasm because Jesus is disappointed that they have not recognized the signs.
- Signs are very important to our faith because it can reveal what is hidden and beyond our senses.
- Some teaching sign from Jesus include: listening and being fed on the Word of God, spiritual blindness, miraculous tears or blood on statues, Padre Pio’s stigmata, image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, miracles in the Holy Eucharist and more.
- Signs are very important and strengthen our faith in the Holy Eucharist, teaching us that He is truly present and that the Mass makes present the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary.
- If we don’t make an act of faith in Jesus and in His sacrifice, we don’t receive the graces. The supernatural graces only flow when there’s faith.
- Each one of us can be a sigh to others by our own actions, attitude and gestures.
- We ourselves can be signs to other people to lead them to Jesus and to faith in the Holy Eucharist.
In this Gospel, Jesus told the crowds they were following Him because they ate the loaves, not because they saw the signs which would lead them to faith. Jesus is disappointed because the people did not recognize the signs. Because Jesus begins with the miracle, the loaves and fishes, He is teaching us that He is truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.
Even today, signs are very important and strengthen our faith in the Holy Eucharist. Many times throughout the history of the Church, especially in recent decades, there have been a lot of miracles in the Holy Eucharist. And the Eucharist is His sacrifice, that the Mass makes present the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. And so, these miracles are also signs to help us realize that God is still present and active in our world, and He is teaching us about a central truth.