Reflection for 2nd August 2015: EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B.

One of the greatest yearnings of human beings is the desire to eat and be satisfied. It is a common saying that a hungry man is an angry man. If this is the case, could this be why the Israelites murmured in the wilderness when they were hungry.

The first reading of today presents a God who listen to the cry of his children, God’s generosity cannot be measured. Hence he is God. He gave the manner from heaven. This same drive to satisfy material hunger is what Jesus addresses in the gospel reading. From the previous Sunday readings, Jesus gave them bread to eat and they were satisfied. Today they came in search of the one who provides and satisfies their physical yearning. Quite a good calculation, human welfare cannot be in anyway undermined. Am sure if I were in their shoes I will act similarly. However, Jesus takes good use of the opportunity to address our attitude toward the things that we run after.                           In clear words, he told them “Truly Truly I say to you, you seek me not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labour for food which perishes before the food which endures to eternal life.” We can immediately draw a secondary interpretation of what Jesus is saying here. In the catholic faith, the greatest food that Jesus has given to us, is the food of “himself”. His true body and blood; and he tells us that who so ever eat his flesh and drink his blood will have eternal life. What then do you seek?

What is our attitude towards the Eucharist? Do we have faith in it? Do we reverence it? Do we commune of it in a worthy manner? As true Christians the Holy Eucharist becomes for us the food of our soul and the life giver of our actions. Thus we should also bear in mind the affirmation of Jesus that His food is to do the work or will of the one who sent Him. The will of God is always the right thing. Could Jesus be saying that each time we act rightly we labour for food that last to eternity? Truly our faith teaches that the consequence of a good life is salvation. If doing the right thing is true food and the will of God, then it is a sure means of salvation.

Paul’ affirmation therefore in the second reading cannot be overlooked. He invites us not to live anymore in sin, rather put on the new man created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Jesus is inviting you today to come after Him; harden not your heart

Happy Sunday and God bless you

Rev. Fr. Francis Igben

St. Joseph Catholic Church Oviri-Olomu

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