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John 6:22-29

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The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, 'Rabbi, when did you come here?' Jesus answered them, 'Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.' Then they said to him, 'What must we do to perform the works of God?' Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'

John 6:22-29
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    • There is a lot of activity on the side of the lake: boats come and go, the people watch for Jesus, wonder where he might be and set off to find him. But somehow, even when found, Jesus eludes them. He doesn't allow them much satisfaction or relief in catching up with him but calls them to question what is in their hearts. Our prayer teaches us something like this: we will never capture Jesus or pin him down; engaging with Jesus helps us to see what is really in our hearts; our first call is not to do, but to believe.
    • The story of Holy Week and Easter tells us how Jesus resists being imprisoned, nailed down or walled up; he wants only to point us to life, to reveal truth.
    • Help us, Lord, to approach you with reverence and to allow you to meet us where we are. Purify our searching for you; let us not seek you for our own sakes but so that you may find life in us.
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    • The crowds search energetically for Jesus. They borrow some boats and row right across the lake in search of him. At last they find him and are happy. Jesus, inflame my heart with a strong desire to keep in touch with you. In searching for you I find happiness.
    • The crowds ask a simple and profound question: ‘What must we do?’ This is my question also. Jesus tells them that they only have to believe in him. ‘Believing’ means I give myself over to him and to his message of truth and love.
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    • The crowd is hungry again and pursues Jesus: they believe he will meet their needs. He tries to deepen their fragile faith in himself. Food for the body is necessary, but the food of eternal life meets a deeper need.
    • Lord, I can be like the crowd, seeking only to satisfy my immediate hungers. Forgive the times when I have used you to serve my interests. Remind me that the Father’s seal is imprinted within me. Let this truth nourish my hungering spirit.
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    • We look to God for many things. Jesus notices that his disciples follow now to get more bread: they wanted to be fed and not to lack ordinary food. Jesus has more to give. He offers the food and the drink of eternal life. The food and drink of his love and the love of God which will never get stale or run dry. This is the food of faith - prayer is the nourishment of faith.
    • Jesus is always leading us beyond where we are, beyond our hunger for physical food to the 'the food that endures for eternal life'. He reveals what this means step by step. The key task we must perform is to believe in him as the one sent by the Father. Have we really taken that step?
    • Believing is 'the work of God'. It is what God wants of us. It is also what God works in us. God nourishes the roots of faith in us when we pray.
    • As precious as the miracles of Jesus were, as much as they showed the generosity of God, Jesus does not want us to depend only on them. I pray for confidence in Jesus' promise of eternal life.
    • Jesus does not separate belief and activity. Here he shows us that belief and trust are works of God. I ask God to help me to make a good act of faith.