The day after Jesus miraculously fed five-thousand people using five loaves and two fish, the crowds went looking for Him.
When they found Him they asked, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” Jesus replied, “This is the deed God requires – to believe in the one whom he sent”. (John 6:28-29)
When they pressed Jesus further and asked for a sign such as the one their ancestors received while in the wilderness namely, a daily supply of bread (Manna), Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty”. (John 6:35)
Jesus was trying to get the people to think of the spiritual bread that would lead to their eternal happiness rather than the physical perishable bread which they ate the previous day.
However, many in the crowd refused to place their faith in Him and became hostile!
Lord Jesus, let my faith be full and unreserved. Let it penetrate my thoughts, my way of judging Divine things and human things. Lord Jesus, I place my entire trust in You.
Prayer: The Sick
Father, your Son accepted our sufferings,
teaching us the virtue of patience in human illness.
Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brothers and sisters.
May all who suffer pain, illness or disease
realise that they are chosen to be Saints,
and know that they are joined to Christ
in his suffering for the salvation of the world.