Jesus said to the crowds, «I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, even when you have seen. Yet, all that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me. And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what He has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live with eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day».
We all would like to do the will of the Father. The question is how to discern the divine will in our daily life, particularly in eating and drinking, for example. If we consecrate little of our precious time to meditate, even in this material activities, we will easily find out how God acts in these little eating and drinking. The more we search for the divine will, the more we are in the contemplation. The soul which contemplates, even the eating and drinking, will find, that God nourishes and quenches our thirst.
I don’t mean by this that every human act is a divine act, not necessarily. However, God is capable of transforming our misadventures and failures as grace and benediction. It is here we discover that in the early Christian persecution, the Church got spread like a fire, in the early stage. Thus even our sins can be a grace to come closer to God. I always thank God for my sins, because, it is here I feel the divine mercy and get confirmed of God’s forgiveness in me. If I don’t sin, I would become very arrogant and miserable for others (more than what I am today to my brothers in the community.
The Eucharistic mystery is the only way of becoming Christ for the world. By eating His body and drinking His blood, we become the Christ for the World. Once se realise this divine identity in us, our act and thinking will change and we will be a totally transformed person. As Christians, we have this responsibility of being a Christ, a saviour of the world, because God wishes to save the whole world. We are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. It is though our witnessing life, through our deeds and words that God wishes to communicate to the world. The more we discover Jesus, the more God will reveal Himself to us. It is in this revelation that God transforms us and He transforms us, so that we may be a mean for others transformation and conversion. Though we may fail to recognise the work of God in us, we should assure us that God will never abandon the believers.
«Whoever comes to me shall never be hungry»
Fr. Gavan JENNINGS
Today we see how much our hunger and our thirst concern God! How can we continue to think that God is indifferent to our sufferings? And yet, so often, we “refuse to believe” in the tender love that God has for each one of us. In hiding himself in the Eucharist, God manifests the incredible lengths He will go to in order to satiate our thirst and our hunger.
But what thirst and hunger are these? Ultimately it is the hunger and thirst for “eternal life”. Physical hunger and thirst is only a pale reflection of a deep desire each man has for a divine life that only Christ can give us. «This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live with eternal life» (Jn 6,39). And what must we do to obtain this eternal life we so desire? Some heroic, superhuman feat? No, it is something much simpler for Jesus says: «Whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away» (Jn 6,37). We simply have to turn up – to come to Him.
These words of Christ spur us to come to him daily in Mass. This is the easiest thing in the world: simply to turn up at Mass, pray and then receive his Body. Once we do this, we not only possess this new life, but we radiate it to others. Pope Francis, the then Cardinal Bergoglio, said in a Corpus Christi homily: «How beautiful it is, after receiving Holy Communion, to think of our lives as a prolonged Mass in which we bring the fruit of the presence of the Lord to the world of families, to the housing estates, to our study and work; thus we will also come to think of our life as a daily preparation for the Eucharist, in which the Lord takes everything that is ours and offers it once again to the Father».