If the first reading does not reveal God’s great patience and mercy with us ungrateful humans, then I don’t know what does! The memories of the Israelites were so short and their feelings so fickle! It is easy to come to that conclusion – as an outsider looking in on the scene in the desert there. It is easy to point the finger. If we think about our response to God’s love and God’s providence in our lives, we are often like the Israelites – as painful as that may be to admit. We lack trust when things get tough. We panic when we should persevere. Our gratitude is often short-lived. We don’t like to look at this part of ourselves very closely – Ah, but identifying the problem is the first step in change!
In the second reading, Paul calls us to change – conversion. He reminds us that with Christ as King of our Hearts, we are changed individuals. We must act like changed people – putting our energies – physical, emotional and spiritual – into things that last. Our time here on earth is but a second when we look at it with eternal perspective. Shouldn’t we invest in our eternal future, instead of spending all of our efforts in things that will not accompany us into the afterlife? Makes sense!
Lastly, in the gospel, I just loved the exchange between Jesus and those who were searching for Him! They had seen Him perform a miracle and wanted to see more. We humans can’t seem to get enough signs! Jesus is patient yet direct with them. He reveals to them that He is the real deal – the bread from heaven that will satisfy and sanctify.
We are so blessed in the Catholic Church to have the Body of Christ – the Eucharist – in our tabernacles. By receiving the Eucharist at mass, Jesus enters our mortal bodies to prepare us for the immortal life we hope to share with Him for all eternity! Think about that! There are no words to adequately express the generosity and love of our King! How Great is our God!!