GOSPEL REFLECTION Jesus says, “Don’t be worrying about temporary food, but look for the food that endures forever.” The miracle of multiplying the loaves was a sign of something much deeper. Jesus then begins to teach them that there is another kind of food that we need for our whole life; not just material food that you eat, but food which is meaning, purpose, direction. And then He tells them that He is this food that lasts forever. Jesus is the one who gives us strength and meaning to keep going. He is the one who makes sense of what our whole life is about. If you don’t have the right kind of meaning or purpose for being here, then it is very hard to keep going especially when things don’t make sense, as they so often don’t. It is interesting too that in the second reading of Ephesians, St. Paul says, “Don’t live the kind of aimless life that Pagans live.” That is exactly what can happen to us if we lose sight of our faith, or get too caught up in the world and worldly worries. We forget what the real purpose of our life is about. You see this happening all the time, especially when the economic boom was here. Many people got completely carried away with money and forgot themselves. God is showing us that to have the right kind of strength for the journey, we need the right kind of food, and Jesus is this food. “I am the bread of life.” That is why Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist and speaks to us through his word, so that we have all the nourishment that we need for the journey. If we know what our life is about, it is much easier to keep going even when we are struggling physically. Where do we get direction from? In Jesus. He is the one who makes sense of what we are about. He gave us protection of Saint Michael the Archangel, so let us pray:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, Thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.