MY daily reflection and prayer:
Monday, April 20, 2015: The Third Week of Easter
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Luke John 6:22-29
On the next day the people who remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. However, boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 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.”
Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Based on the Gospel today, we may ask ourselves. What are we most seeking for in our lives: wealth, peace, health, love, the good life? Are we simply hungry for things which satisfy our bodies or for that which satisfies our hearts and souls? There are two kinds of hunger, physical and spiritual. Only God can satisfy the hunger in our heart and soul, the hunger for peace, truth, life, and for love.
Jesus addressed this issue with those who sought him after the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves as proclaimed to us today. He said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 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.”
What must we do to be working for the food which endures to eternal life, which he will give to all of us? First, we must do to be doing the works of God believe in God’ Son whom he has sent into the world. Second, he must do what he wants, especially in eating his body as the only heavenly bread and worshipping him.
For the Eucharist, Jesus had said: Do this in memory of me. So, let’s hunger for the bread which comes down from heaven and gives us everlasting life by celebrating the Eucharist and worshipping him in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, only you can satisfy the deepest longing and hunger in our hearts and souls. May we always hunger for the heavenly bread, that we may be only satisfied in you as the True Bread of Heaven now and forever. Amen.