Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Reflection: John 6:35-40

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter – John 6:35-40

Today Jesus told the crowds: “I am the bread of life.”  Jesus also said that anyone who comes to Him will never hunger or thirst.  Did the crowds truly understand what Jesus was saying?  Did they realize that Jesus was not speaking literally? Jesus was not talking about food and drink that we consume.  Rather, Jesus was speaking of our spiritual hunger and thirst.

For what do you hunger?  Is it love, friendship, financial stability, a healthy and happy family? We human beings have many hungers; however, we often try to satisfy our deepest hungers with money, material things, people, and even food or drink.  Yes, these things do satisfy us to some extent; however, our deepest hunger is for God.  We can have all the money in the world and a multitude of friends but if God, Jesus, or the Spirit is not part of our lives, nothing else will ever satisfy.

Today, ask yourself: For what do I truly thirst?  For what do I long?  Do I long for God? How do I experience that longing?  The reality is that no matter how much we have or how many people we love, only God alone will satisfy our hunger and our longing.  Will I choose to spend time with God today to satisfy my deepest longing?

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