Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ex. 16:2-4, 12-15 | Ps. 78:3-4, 23-25, 54 | Eph. 4:17, 20-24 | Jn. 6:24-35

We are brought to acknowledge that God is the bread of our lives. The call is to place all our trust in God to provide what is essential for our lives. When we do not do so, we are distracted and look for God to feed us in places and in a manner that is not in keeping with whom God is. The Israelites wanted food to eat so God provided manna. The Jewish people looked for the wonders that Jesus provided rather than Jesus Himself. Thus Jesus reprimands them and calls them and us to be honest with ourselves and God. Do we look for God or do we look for the wonders that God gives? Do we live with faith or do we only want the good things that make life comfortable for us?

Jesus invites us to look with faith and to see God at the core of our being and to do all for the honor and glory of God so our lives will be lived for God.

Take time to take stock of your life. How much time do you give to God? How much time do you spend with family? How much time is spent in work related activity? Is there a balance in all three areas? If not, what can you do to change that?

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