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Daily Articles and Reflections from The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

We will need Jesus for all eternity

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When Jesus fed the 5000 (Jn 6), the crowd immediately saw him as the answer to all their prayers. They flocked after him for more of the same bread. In doing this they were not sinful, merely short-sighted, as human beings are inclined to be. We might ask why Jesus chose to introduce the promise of heavenly Bread by giving the crowd ordinary bread and stirring their very earthly desires. One answer might well be that he was simply concerned for their needs. Another answer might be that none of us learn except through our present concerns.

Sometimes in prayer we may ask for this or that, and receive it, because we think this or that is our greatest need. That gift is the door through which the Lord reaches out to us. Later he will lead us to a deeper and more spiritual understanding. Above all, Jesus wants to give us himself, the Bread of Life. We will need Jesus for all eternity. He is the fulfillment of a desire which comes from the very center of our being—to see God, possess God and be possessed by him.

Prayer:

I want you, my God, above all else. I want to be one with you, Lord Jesus. Feed me with the Bread of Life.


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