Value Your Life of Faith
Do you yearn for more, for things that tend to decay, to lose their value. For many of us, this can be money, wanting more and more, so to support a family, or to buy that new car, or to afford a house. We put value in these things for important reasons yes, but in the end, they're not what's most important right? The things that bring the most meaning are found through relationship, through love, through experience in the things we do, and the way we live. Living in faith, we find value in not only learning about God's love for us, and Jesus' ministry, but through sharing this value of faith with the world. For me, I find it through writing these daily posts. How do you value your faith life?
Today's Gospel states:'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 Tiber'i-as 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 Caper'na-um, 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"'(John 6:22-29).
In today's Gospel we hear about how we must yearn for the lasting food that brings eternal life, the Eucharist, being in communion with those who believe, and seeking God constantly. It's the mission of the church to be disciples and to evangelize, to make efforts of love. What are the things you value most in your life, and is your faith held as one of those highest? Take some time to reflect and ask God to help you value and cherish everything you have in this life, as a means of living in His love.
Today's prayer comes from 'knowing Jesus' offering a prayer of faith:
Heavenly Father, You are our only Supplier and Supply and it is upon You that we rely entirely. We are living in a difficult world – in a society that is facing increasingly precarious economic difficulties. The money for which we work is becoming sawdust in our pockets and the prices of the simple basics of life are escalating out of control – and Lord we have no one but You upon whom to rely and we are trusting You for our provision today. Lord I believe Your Word is true and that You have promised to supply all our needs according to Your riches in glory.. Thank You for the amazing example of the Israelites in the wilderness, who received sufficient manna for the day as a promise from You – and Lord we believe and know that Your promises are no less true today than they were in those distant days gone bay. Help us to walk by faith and not to be swayed by the mountainous problems that surround us on every side. Help us to live by faith and not by sight.. and trust You to provide sufficient provision for our daily need. Help us to read Your Word and reckon it to be true and not to doubt Your promises – help us to trust You entirely in these increasingly precarious times and look to You with childlike trust, knowing that You are our Supplier and Supply – we ask this in Jesus name, Amen