Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Sacrament of Holy Qurbana
St. Johns MTC, NY
35 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.
As a child my favorite part of service was always the sermon.
I was always fascinated by the people who would stand every Sunday morning
and talk about how amazing God was. They would share their stories of how God
saved them and turned their lives around. As I grew older and I began
examining my faith - I got sad. Why didn't God reveal Himself to me the
way He had to everyone else? Desperate for a sign I often found myself
Then one day, God decided to reveal himself to me. I was elected lay leader in my parish. To say I was ready would be disingenuous. Like most teens, I viewed service as a ritual. Something we did over and over again until it became so ingrained into our muscle memory that every Sunday whether we were at church or not, we found ourselves repeating the Nicene Creed.
In John 6:25-36, Jesus had just performed two miracles back to back: feeding the 5000 and walking on water. If that happened today, it would have been shared by millions via twitter and most of us would have laughed it off and said "no way that's real- its got to be CGI". The reaction would not have been much different even in those times because faith was lacking.
When the followers found Jesus, they asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replied "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves of bread and had your fill." Even after such an outward display of his heavenly powers, Jesus knew that they had not come because their faith compelled them, but because they saw these amazing things and sought their own superficial gain.
In vs. 30-31, the people went on to ask Jesus for a sign, similar to Moses in the wilderness, that would prove He was indeed who He said He was. Unfazed by their inability to comprehend the signs he had already performed, Jesus perfectly responded "I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. " (vs. 35).
God, help us to open our eyes to what is before us. We seek you daily and come
to your presence humbled by what we have been given and what you have bestowed
upon us. Allow us to be more and more open to you Father and build our
relationship so that others can see Your influence in us! Help us to be
examples of Your light. Our Lord and everlasting refuge. Amen!
Thought for the day: Don't waste time searching for our God who stands before you everyday!