Gospel: John 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, even when you have seen. Yet all those whom the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me.
And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what he has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day.”
“I am the bread of life.”
Jesus promises to those who come to him because they believe in him shall never hunger or thirst. We should not take his words literally, otherwise, we will get frustrated. Jesus speaks not of material food, but something that fills the spirit.
If we get Jesus right, we will not look for anyone else for light and salvation. He is God’s complete revelation. All we want to know about God and our faith is known through Jesus. If some- one else explains, we will never be satisfied. We cannot be totally sure. Even experts in religion like the theologians can only approximate who God is.
Satisfaction is not just ingestion or absorption of God’s words and presence in prayer and meditation. It is most of all a process of following and living out his teachings of sharing and living harmoniously with others. It is also living in justice. We will always hunger and thirst for peace, joy, love, security and God if we follow our own flawed designs and wisdom. Engaging with Jesus can only be satisfying when we do it consistently in the context of the community. Contentment is interactive. It is never unidirectional.
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