I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Reflection for Sunday August 2, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time; John 6:24-35

Gospel: John 6:24-35
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 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. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent. So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
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A newlywed couple created a business to sustain their family, they soon after achieved material success. However they also noticed that they were always busy and they rarely had peace and harmony in their family.

If you only go after material success and you forget Jesus there surely would be emptiness in your life. No matter how rich you become there would still be emptiness. In fact the richer you become the deeper emptiness that you will have. Why? This is for the reason that material success only no matter how big will not give you peace and contentment.

In the gospel, the crowd who ate bread and fish in the miracle of the multiplication of the  loaves was again looking for Jesus (John 6:24). They were looking for Jesus for they were once again hungry. The effect of the bread and fish that filled them is now gone and they were looking for Jesus because they want to eat again.

Thus Jesus told them; you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled (John 6:26). The perishable bread and fish that they ate became their main reason for looking for Jesus. It was not Jesus Himself the true Bread of Life that they were looking for.

If you look for Jesus, do not look for Him because of the things that you can get from Him. Look and hunger for Jesus because of your love for Him. And once your love for Jesus becomes your motivation for your hunger for Him. You now can truly say that you have already found the true and imperishable Bread of Life. Thus, you will never hunger anymore with whatever this world will offer you.

Have you already found the True and Imperishable Bread of Life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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