Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
Life, the bread of . . . see Christ
Life, eternal . . . see Christ
Index the many references to “life” in Scriptures and more than likely it will refer you to Christ. The essence of God’s life in the world, Jesus Christ serves as the gate through which we engage life to the fullest, guided by all he says, does, and calls us to do. “Come to me,” Jesus says, “and I will give you . . . . “
What one needs varies depending on the person, the day, the situation. But what stays the same is that it is Christ to whom we come. Christ wants it that way as we hear proclaimed in today’s Gospel. Put aside my self-sufficiency, my doubts, my busy schedule, and my false humility that God does not want to hear from me. Instead, take the time to bring all of my life, each day, to Christ to be revived and redeemed.
The time that I consider, reflect, struggle, and learn from my daily life, with Christ by my side, provides the kneading, punching, forming, and rising time that helps me partake in the Bread of Life that Christ offers.
Simply answer these questions each day, “For what am I grateful today?” “Where did I see God today?” “Where did I need God today?” “What do I wish I had done differently today?” “What is it tomorrow that I want to do for God?”
When Christ asks, “How are you doing?” Don’t just say, “Fine.”
—Fr. Chris Manahan, S.J. is Associate Novice Director at the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado, St. Paul, MN. For more information on Jesuit vocations, click here.
Lord, as I go through my day, I want to draw closer to you. Please heighten my awareness to respond with gratitude for the gifts in this day. Help me to recognize those occasions when you are intimately present to me. Prepare me to anticipate where I will need your help. When I look back over today, help me to discern what I could have done differently. And as I anticipate tomorrow, give me the grace to follow through on what I need to do for you.
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