Fr. Noel T. Corcino, CJM
Jesus is life and the Only gift that continues to revive our drooping and wilting souls. Many people are saying they see God but still hear themselves when it comes to governing their life. Such perception of God would end up questioning His presence because we want Him to work in us based on how we look at Him, how he is of help to our needs. This attitude towards God would lead to disappointment and eventually tiresome and unproductive spiritual life.
An intelligent question to ask is not directed to the finished product but on how the product is being made. Such questioning is digging to the heart of the matter where such thing is coming from- the Source! The best way of dissecting the gospel last Sunday is to go beyond the actual feeding of the multitude. The people kept following Jesus because they want him the manna that filled their stomachs. They failed to understand the One who has all the power to end up their spiritual hunger.
We belong to the huge crowd who asked a wrong question to Jesus. We are one of those who failed to dig out the profound meaning of the things that Jesus has been offering to us. We failed to fully understand that multiplicity of graces that we are receiving every day is through the mediation of the Son, who by his incarnation the promise of sharing the gift of life has never been interrupted by our resistance and unfaithfulness. Jesus is not after of our temporary satisfaction in life rather he wants us to anchor to an enduring and intimate relationship with His Father through Him. Looking at Jesus is seeing the sign pointing to that great glory which can only be seen if we look beyond the “filling of bellies” which is exactly a worldly satisfaction. Jesus is the lasting gift sent by the Father to feed the world with his love.
The great task that Jesus is telling us in the gospel is to believe in him. Sad to say we missed or we intend to set aside the enlightening of the Holy Spirit because we insist to work on things that would satiate our self. We all have the tendency to exhaust our vigor to what we can and must do to achieve self-gratification rather than focusing on what God actually doing for us.
This is true even in a religious commitment for those who embraced religious life. We are deceived by our own belief that we are fulfilling our call by working on the “ideal bread” that apparently propels “our” desire to “serve” him in the religious community where we commit ourselves to spend our whole life. But in doing so, we are disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the community, what is important is to exhaust all means to yield above all and be satisfied. In that sense we missed the essential meaning of being a brother in a religious family. True enough that we need to look into the heart of our motivation if we are really energized by the “Bread” or by other ordinary breads that continue to satisfy and boast our self-motivated “religious life”.
Let us remind ourselves always that Jesus is a living declaration of the Father’s will for all of us. Our work is to have faith in the Son by feeding our soul with Jesus himself and not working on anything that would fill-in our temporal needs. We need to see beyond worldly things to see the enduring treasure- the enduring presence of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Lord Jesus, teach us to trust in you. Teach us to ask our needs with unwavering faith. Amen