Fr. Steve’s homily (08/02/2015)

Is there anything in this life that can truly satisfy our deepest hunger and longing? Many sought Jesus out because he offered them something no one else could give – bread from heaven from the very hand of God himself. When Jesus had performed the miracle of multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish to provide a refreshing and satisfying meal for more than 5000 people (see John 6:1-15), they wanted to make him their king – no doubt because they wanted more. When Jesus withdrew from the crowd and quietly returned to Capernaum to be with his twelve disciples, they ran to seek him there (John 6:24-25). Jesus met them with a probing question – are you looking for physical food that perishes or food that gives eternal life?
Jesus’ question to the crowd, and to each one of us as well, echoes the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy” (Isaiah 55:2)? There are two fundamental types of hunger – physical and spiritual. Only the Lord Jesus can satisfy the hunger in our heart – the hunger for truth, life, and love. Jesus alone can satisfy our hunger for truth – because in him alone is the Truth which is found in God. Jesus alone can satisfy our hunger for life – because he alone can give us abundant life – the supernatural life of God which transforms us now and lasts forever. Jesus alone can satisfy our deepest hunger for love – the love of God that knows no end, that never fails nor forsakes us, that outlasts sin and death. Jesus alone can satisfy the eternal hunger of our heart, mind, and spirit.
Theresa of Avila’s prayer book contained a bookmark which she wrote: Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you; All things pass: God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices. Is God enough for you? He WILL satisfy.

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