As we know from today’s gospel, and in almost every reading from the gospels, Jesus attracted crowds. Sometimes crowds hated Him, others were attracted to Him, some hoping to witness one of His miracles, or some just hoping to be fed.
Seemingly base, we should not look down upon those who sought Him merely to satisfy their hunger. Do we not turn to God in a similar manner, with a similar hunger? We hunger for purpose, for love, for knowledge, forgiveness, and sometimes just peace. When we feel these said longings, do we even turn to Him? For many, even those who would proclaim themselves devote Christians and Catholics that answer is no. It is far easier to divulge in distractions than facing our hunger. And how mad that is, how unreasonable and illogical! If you’re hungry find food, even animals know this! We are a people touched by the divine, each of us under the sun are filled with a sense of longing, with a desire for completion, for love, for the divine! But rather than feeding our hunger we suppress it with facebook, television, radio, music, friends- how often do we really reflect about what God has done in our lives, and how He has and IS directing us? We hunger, but we do not seek the One who is, “the bread of life, whoever comes to [Him] will never hunger,and whoever believes in [Him] will never thirst” (John 6:35). Instead of nourishing ourselves with a God who is love, pure, merciful, relentless love, we starve ourselves, or worse, feed ourselves with that which does not satisfy.
We cannot be like addicts, searching from one high to another, one pleasure or joy to another. Rather we are called to endure each moment, each trial we go through is an opportunity for love and trust in the Lord, each loss an opportunity to exercise the same. Seek His will in all things. If you are confused, if you are lost ask Him for help! “Lord, where are you in this, why must I endure this, what are you trying to bring about?!” Turn to Him in prayer, seek Him in scripture:
When you have acted in accordance with His will, when you have found what He is asking of you or calling you to do, you will discover peace. A peace, whose memory can always bring sweet consolation, like cherished childhood memories, or the memory of sweet perfume. Though the devil may try to distract you, or fill you with anxiety, let Him be the refuge you enter to weather the storm. Let Him be your shepherd and friend. Let Him sustain you.