Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time August 5, 2018 Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 † Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 † John 6:24-35
In the first reading we find the Israelites grumbling about their plight as they followed Moses and Aaron in the desert. They were tired and hungry. They were having second thoughts about following these two who were supposedly taking them to the Promised Land. Then God answered their frustration by providing sustenance for the journey – quail at night and bread in the morning.
In John’s Gospel we again find reference to food. Jesus called them out on their reason for following him – because he fed them with the loaves and fishes. Jesus had provided for their physical sustenance. They did not understand that Jesus had so much more to offer them – sustenance for their souls, sustenance for spending eternity with God.
In our daily lives we need a balance between what we need for sustenance in this life – food, clothing, housing, etc. – and sustenance for our forever life in the loving arms of God. Making time for God in the here and now is the challenge as we move through our days with all their responsibilities. However, that time must be a priority if we are to have the sustenance we need on our spiritual journey. We need that time set apart to listen to our God. We need that time to grow and nurture our relationship with the One who is the way. We need to believe with Catherine of Siena that, “All the way to heaven is heaven because Jesus said, ‘I am the way’.”
Mary Bookstaver, OP Dominican Sisters of Sparkill
Always in the presence of God....
Seek God's Word in every moment.
Delight in God's creative power stirring in the world!
Rest in God and trust in God's Wisdom...
God's vibrant love sustains us in every season!
There is no need to look for God here or there. God is no farther away than the door of your own heart. - Meister Eckhart
To Praise....To Bless...To Preach the grace and gift of our lives!