Monday 3rd Week of Easter
Many philosophers and gurus have left
wonderful human teachings for people to model their lives.
Many of these teachings are very honorable,
and it helps many people to live human – human lives.
But Jesus said, “Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life
which the Son of Man will give you.
Obviously, Jesus is talking about more than just teaching
and following him or following his example.
When we eat something, it becomes a part of us
and the nutrients we receive keep us alive.
As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.”
The Food, of course, is Jesus himself.
What are the nutrients we receive when we eat the Food
the Father gives us that never perishes?
St. Paul mentions these nutrients in Galatians 5:22-23, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, chastity and self-control.
These nutrients/fruits of Jesus love for us
are a real power to change us dramatically from within
when we are experiencing difficulties in life.
We can ask ourselves what nutrient/fruit do we need
in a particular situation we’re in right now?
When we apply human teaching from a guru or philosopher,
we have to apply a lot of effort and willpower
to achieve the end we desire.
This is not so with the Food that never perishes.
This is the Food the Father gives us.
We don’t have to work for it, only desire and long for it.
This Food changes us from within,
and we become like the One we eat.
It is a transformation – something of the transformation
that takes place when Jesus changes the substance
of the bread into the substance of Jesus at Mass.
We can be loving and patient and kind in any situation
because it is not us who live, but Christ lives in us.
What nutrient does any one of us need right now?
Do not work for it, receive it.