August 1, 2021
Today in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with our Sunday readings, so full of wisdom for our lives.
“Don’t we have anything decent to eat around here?” “There’s nothing to eat in this house !”
How many times do parents hear these complaints from their growing teenagers! The problem? They’re not looking for the apples, or eggs, or yogurt, or avocados which actually are in the fridge. They’re looking for junk!
Today’s first reading reflects a similar situation with the Jews in the desert. They are hungry, but not for the spiritual food Yahweh is offering them. They complain continuously. So God relents, feeding them manna and quail. But God is clear. He says, “I have done this so that you may know I am the Lord, your God.”
In the Gospel, Jesus admonishes his listeners, “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life.” Jesus doesn’t mean we should stop eating. He knows that we need food and other things in order to live. What He wants us to understand is that these things have only secondary importance to the food for our soul, a sustenance which we often relegate to inferior status, to “when we have time”.
In his advice to the Ephesians, Paul says that to live without spiritual awareness is “to live in the futility of our minds”. It’s a powerful phrase, generating an image of us running around in our heads after all sorts of vain worries and goals — junk.
Paul’s advice? Get over that running around! Put on a New Self!
Poetry: We Are Such a Mix – Mary Ellen Smajo, author at ignatianspirituality.com
we are such a mix of thorns and thread;
why do You insist on living in the midst,
even among the broken bowls and spilled strengths?
I’ve seen You sift among the crumbs
and find (I don’t know how) a loaf;
what we tear, touch to make us mend;
and show again to sift and share and be again the bread.
Music: Bread of Life ~ Bernadette Farrell
Bread of life, hope of the world, Jesus Christ, our brother: feed us now, give us life, lead us to one another. As we proclaim your death, as we recall your life, we remember your promise to return again. Bread of life, hope of the world, Jesus Christ, our brother: feed us now, give us life, lead us to one another. The bread we break and share was scattered once as grain: just as now it is gathered, make your people one. Bread of life, hope of the world, Jesus Christ, our brother: feed us now, give us life, lead us to one another. We eat this living bread, we drink this saving cup: sign of hope in our broken world, source of lasting love. Hold us in unity, in love for all to see; that the world may believe in you, God of all who live. You are the bread of peace, you are the wine of joy, broken now for your people, poured in endless love.