[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
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.”
This is such an interesting beginning to the Gospel reading today. “…his disciples saw him walking on the sea….” We take that for granted that Jesus walked on water, but imagine seeing that for yourself!
But the line that jumps out at me is the following: “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” What am I working for in my life? Do I spend my time seeking the things that perish quickly? Or do I seek the food that endures for eternal life, which Jesus will give me? What does Jesus give us but the Eucharist, the Bread of Life. That is the food that endures forever.
Our world has become so materialistic. We have lost our way as a people because we think that material things are going to fill the void in our hearts. The evil one is very adept at distracting us from the Lord, the only One that can fulfill our deepest desires.
The people in the Gospel story were following Jesus for various reasons. Some had seen the miracles. Others had heard the powerful and convincing preaching. Others had just eaten some of the bread and fish that had fed over 5000 people. Their hearts were burning for something, for someone. Deep down they felt that Jesus was the answer – and they were right.
Where is your heart today?
Is it empty, in search of something or someone?
Have you found Jesus and the Eucharist?
The Lord invites us today to seek the food that endures forever. Don’t spend all of your time seeking the things of this earth that will wither away quickly.
Have a blessed day!