Reflections - August 5, 2018

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”  Jn. 6:35.
 
This Sunday’s Gospel continues to speak about the Bread of Life, but the affirmation that Jesus makes when he says “I AM” is in relation to a need that His followers had and that we also have:  “Sir, give us this bread always”.  Jesus states one of the greatest reasons why He came into this world.  Jesus identifies himself as the bread that quenches our cravings and thirst for happiness.
 
Whenever I read John’s text about the Bread of Life the following phrase from St. Augustine comes to mind:  “Lord, my heart will be restless until I find you”.  Today many men and women seed happiness through technology.  Others try to find happiness through addictions looking for a minute of happiness and endangering their lives as well as the lives of others.
 
The Lord in the Gospel invites us to quench our hunger and thirst for happiness through the Eucharist – The Bread of Life.  Although we have problems, “The Eucharist…is a remedy and food for the weak that sustains us in our journey”, Pope Francis.  Jesus enters into our crises and makes us purify our intentions in order to make better decisions.  A widow said to me:  “Had it not been for the Eucharist and for those times I spent in front of the Blessed Sacrament I do not know what would have happened in my life”.  This widowed lady had the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to go to Jesus, the Bread of Life, to fill that need for comfort, peace, and hope that she so needed upon losing her husband.  She also discovered, through her faith, “Jesus’ unconditional love” in moments of loneliness helping her to face these difficult moments with faith and Christian hope.
 
Let us present before the Lord in the Eucharist this Sunday with our yearnings to be satiated with the Bread of Life and our thirst for happiness, justice, and peace.
 
I do not want to end without reminding you that tomorrow the 6thof August is the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ in glory.  Let there be in Him Sovereignty and dominion through all the ages.  Amen.