Never Hungry Again
Do you know that grouchy feeling you get when you are really, extremely hungry? Your stomach probably starts growling and you feeling like nothing in the world matters besides getting food. It's not the best feeling having to wait for the food to satisfy your hunger, but as soon as you find some, it's a very great comfort to you and your body. When it comes to faith, we have an even greater hunger, one that cannot be satisfied by food alone, but by continually coming back to be at the centre of our faith, through receiving the Eucharist, the body and blood of Christ. Unless we continue to take part in this celebration, we won't feel spiritually satisfied, we won't feel fulfilled.
Today's Gospel states:'So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Lord, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst' (John 6:30-35).
Today's reading talks about how the bread comes from God, being a special part of our faith. It's not just a special piece, but the central focus to what it means to believe, to be Catholic. As we enter into communion, going up to receive the body and blood of Christ, we become filled by the Holy Spirit, filled with the life and love of Christ in our lives. This is much greater than any desire for the ordinary food that we crave, but a craving to be satisfied and fulfilled through faith, through having Christ within us, so that we can go forward and be Christ-figures for the world. Are you satisfying your yearning for spiritual fulfillment? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you take in every moment you can to be filled by faith.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to see how important it is to be driven by faith, by hope, by love. Guide me to continue to seek every opportunity to be filled by faith, with Christ at the centre.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.