How do you react after someone gives you a memorable gift?
Could be a large gift. Maybe it has some emotional significance. Possibly unexpected.
How do you normally respond? Thank you note? Phone call? Attempt to reciprocate in some way? Take it for granted? Are you troubled and don’t know how to respond because you don’t think you have the means to adequately reciprocate?
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. – John 6:24
The crowd of five thousand, whom Jesus had just fed the night before, wanted to see the gift-giver.
Were they seeking him to thank him? Did they want to repay him? Were they curiosity seekers, ready to watch him perform another parlor trick?
Jesus discerns their motives.
“… you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.” – John 6:26
Their motives are worldly. Whatever they are. Genuine thanks, wanting more from him, maybe just curious or maybe skeptical and hoping to catch him in a trap. Whatever they were, their reasons were rooted in the here and now.
Jesus doesn’t have a lot of time. His ministry is short. John’s account even briefer. Jesus gives it to them straight.
“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” – John 6:27
He desperately wants them to grasp the deeper meaning of his feeding them. If He can take care of a simple meal, of not letting them go hungry for a few hours, how much more can He provide?
Were they Apostles beginning to grasp any of this for themselves at this point?
Some people in the crowd longed to understand the deeper context. They pressed Jesus further. “What must we do?”
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” – John 6:29
Simple, isn’t it?
Is that what you are looking for?
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.