Monday, April 16, 2018

'You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.'

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”  - St. Augustine’s Confessions (Lib 1,1-2,2.5,5: CSEL 33, 1-5) 

Gospel Text: (JN 6:22-29)
[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

The crowd wants in on the deal, so they ask Jesus their second question, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus’ response is brief. The work of God is to have faith in the One He sent. In other words, they do not themselves have the means to satisfy this hunger: there is no spiritual refrigerator, supermarket, or field for them to go to. Their spiritual hunger is not only for something to fill the emptiness inside their souls, but also for something to fill the emptiness around them. For there is nothing around them in the world that is capable of sustaining them eternally.

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