God provided a mysterious food called
Manna for the Israelites during their
sojourn in the desert. However, they were
told not to stockpile the manna, but to
gather only what they needed for one day.
This was meant to teach them to trust in
God’s providence on a daily basis. No
matter how difficult life may be, for those
who trust in God, and live a day at a time,
the Manna of his help falls every day.
Jesus distinguishes between food that gives quick satisfaction and food that gives lasting nourishment. It is a mark of wisdom to be able to say ‘No’ to enticing and delusory attractions in order to choose things of lasting value.
From your life experience what advice would you give to another about where things of lasting value are to be found? Jesus reminds his listeners that God is the source of all good things.
What difference does it make in your life when you are aware that life, the world, everything you have is gift, and you live in a spirit of gratitude? The world of God is that we ‘Believe in the one God whom has sent’ In what ways has your faith in Jesus enriched and changed your life?
How has Jesus satisfied your hungers or quenched your thirsts? As Jesus came down from heaven to give life to the world, so each one of us is here to be a source of life to others. Think of others who have been a source of life to you, and give thanks for them. For whom have you been also a source of life?
Fr. John Byrne OSA
Remember, That what you possess in the world will be found on the day of your death to belong to another, but what you are will be yours for ever. Henry Van Dyke