Today’s Thoughts: “I'm still discovering, right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. I mean living unreservedly in life's duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In so doing, we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
These words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer seem to capture the spirit of our readings today. Grumbling, complaining and whining will not change life for the better. It is in the living of life that we encounter the presence, the grace and the love of God and this is what will make all the difference.
We have encountered Jesus’ words in the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel for the last five Sundays and Jesus has reminded us each week that he is the bread of life, that he is the food that will let us really live. Today he asks us to stop complaining and whining, he asks us to live!
We are to follow in his footsteps. We are to throw ourselves into the arms of God ‘s self-sacrificing love. We are to love by making Jesus the center of our lives, the bread that will last forever. If we make Jesus the center of our life then we are called let go and let God by recognizing his words, his bread, his cup and his love as the way to eternal life.
It is easy to grumble, complain and whine but if we truly want to live our faith journey we need to take up the challenge of living life completely in the loving arms of God. Jesus does not ask us to do it alone. He is with us at every step of the way, offering us himself as the basic food for our lives. He is also sending us out into our world to love others and be the support and ‘bread’ to the world around us.
So, let us not be complainers, grumblers and whiner – let us live life today nourished by the word and the bread of life – Jesus!
Have a great Sunday everyone.
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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