Gospel detail for today: In today’s gospel Jesus says about the Son of Man: “on him God has placed his seal” — (Jn 6:27)
Four things about this ‘seal’:
1. It is the wax seal which bears the authority of the king. It was made with the king’s signet ring pressed into hot wax and the document then bore the authority of the King himself. So Jesus is the validation of God’s word to his people.
2. The seal is the mark of a deal done. We still put similar seals on documents that are notarized. It is the sign that the agreement has been made and the deal closed. So Jesus is the seal–the mark of God on the covenant between God and mankind.
3. It is also the seal of royal approval. The Queen of England still allows her royal crest to be printed and displayed by merchants from whom she purchases. This is called the royal mark and signifies validity and approval.