10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.146)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 6:24-35
When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, 'Rabbi, when did you come here?'
Jesus answered: In all truth, I tell you, you are looking for me not because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat. Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.
Then they said to him, 'What must we do if we are to carry out God's work?' Jesus gave them this answer, 'This is carrying out God's work: you must believe in the one he has sent.'
So they said, 'What sign will you yourself do, the sight of which will make us believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers ate manna in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'
Jesus answered them: In all truth I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is the bread which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.
'Sir,' they said, 'give us that bread always.' Jesus answered them: I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst.
The number one rule when you go on a diet is to never allow yourself to go hungry. Those hunger pains tempt us to reach out for whatever food is handy, regardless of its nutritious content.
When we train our body to eat healthy food regularly, the less likely we are to fill up on rubbish. And the better health we experience.
If we let ourselves go without spiritual food, the same principal applies. Jesus extends an invitation to join Him at the table on a regular basis. He promises that if we do, we will never be hungry or thirsty. We have no need to fill up on the empty calories of superficial living.
Our anxiety turns into peace, our ill feeling towards others evaporate, our joy returns and our thankfulness for life itself returns.
Most importantly, we can't carry out God's work without eating and drinking the spiritual food and drink only Jesus can supply.
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Next Reflection: Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister Friday, 7th August 2015