John 6: 35-40
Jesus said to them, "I
am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me
will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will
never be thirsty. But I said to you that
you have seen me and yet do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and anyone who comes to me I will never
drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not
to do my own will, but the will of
him who sent me. And this is the will of
him who sent me, that I should lose nothing
of all that he has given me, but raise
it up on the last day. This is indeed the
will of my Father, that all who see the
Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and
I will raise them up on the last day."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are
present here and now as I turn to you
in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your desire
to give me every grace I need to receive
today. Thank you for your love, thank you for
your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life
and my love in return.
Petition: Lord, help me
to have a deeper confidence and trust in you.
An Empty Hole the Size of Christ: “It’s like
I had a big hole in my heart, and I
couldn’t fill it with anything.” So exclaimed someone who
recently came back to the sacraments after being away for
many years. She was hungering and thirsting for Christ,
and, thankfully, Christ didn’t permit anything else to fill
the place in her heart where only he belonged.
On re-encountering Christ—in his mercy in confession, in his
nourishing grace in communion—she was able to experience the benefits
promised by Christ himself: “Anyone who comes to me
I will never drive away.” Every one of us
invariably finds holes in our hearts, small or not so
small. Only Christ belongs there. To welcome Christ back
in our hearts, we must seek out his mercy
and nourishing grace.
2. Then Why Are You Afraid? If
what we need is Christ and what we truly long
for is Christ, then what keeps us from going
to him? Sometimes it is our pride, or spiritual
laziness, or maybe superficiality in our spiritual life. But behind
these reasons is often a fear that if we
open ourselves to Christ, we will somehow lose out.
Benedict XVI addressed this fear in his first homily as
Pope: “Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes
nothing away, and He gives you everything. When we give
ourselves to Him, we receive a hundred-fold in return.
Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ -
and you will find true life. Amen” (Mass for the
Inauguration of the Pontificate, April 24, 2005).
You Tell Me Where the Lost-and-Found Is? These are words
that Christ has never spoken—nor ever will. It is
his Father’s will that Christ lose none of those
entrusted to him. Christ never fails in his mission. Rather,
in today’s reading he promises: “And this is the
will of him who sent me, that I should
lose nothing of all that he has given me, but
raise it up on the last day.” This is
our guarantee that we will never be abandoned and left
without his grace to support us. There will be
no difficulty, obstacle, or temptation too great for him
to help us overcome.
Conversation with Christ: Lord
Jesus, I trust in you. Despite the real struggles
and obstacles in my path now, I know that you
are leading me towards you. You are the only
one who can fill the depths of my heart. Somehow,
mysteriously, each of these trials is part of making
that a reality.
Resolution: When faced with any
obstacle today—even if it is small—I will say a
quick prayer entrusting the situation to Christ.