As we recall from the gospel two weekends ago, the Apostles and the Lord were spent and needed quiet prayer time to re-charge. They got on their boat and rowed their way to a deserted place. We know that the crowds anticipated where the spent seafarers would make landfall and rushed ahead.
Yet, the Apostles were told by the Lord to feed that colossal crowd that had gathered. They were fed, and filled, with only five loaves and two fish.
This week, the crowds that had been fed were looking for Jesus. But they were looking so that he would feed their stomachs again. “Jesus answered them and said, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.’” (Jn 6:26)
We must always examine our conscience and ask ourselves: “ if, and when I pray why do I seek after Jesus? Is it in adoration of His glory and His grace? In contrition for one’s sins? In thanksgiving for all the good he has done? Or is my prayer always only when I need Him to do something, the prayer of supplication?”
The good Lord, though, still hears our prayers. Even though the crowds wanted only to have their bellies filled again, Jesus says to the crowd, and to us, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst” (Jn 6:35)
May the Lord strengthen your faith, and fill your hearts and souls with His grace, His presence, and His love.
God bless you all, Father Robert Letona