The blessing of hunger

18th Sunday, based on John 6:24-35

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 sea, 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.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 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.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

One thought on “The blessing of hunger

  1. Thank you.


    It’s a fragile broken world
    In which I’ve come to stand
    Its magic and its mystery
    I’m praying to understand

    I’m trying hard to find you
    On this deep and endless sea
    With the ray of hope and kindness
    That you once shared with me

    Sometimes I can feel your presence
    Even when I’ve lost my way
    In the compassion and forgiveness
    You give to me each day

    Free me from my sad confusion
    Help me find my way to you
    Burn in me your sacred mercy
    In all the acts you do

    I know not how it happened
    You found me when I was lost
    You bought back my life eternal
    And you did not count the cost

    You have blessed me with your mercy
    My wounds you’ve come to heal
    In my hallowed halls of empty sorrow
    Help me your love again to feel

    Please forgive me for my failings
    When your love I still betray
    Cast out the demons that hold and drive me
    And lead me to you again I pray

    © Jim Espinosa 2009

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