Tuesday 3rd Week of Easter
The crowd was asking Jesus for a
sign sothey could put their faith in him.
He just fed 5000 with a few loaves and fishes
and they weren’t satisfied.
The sign they were seeking was to be fed
like their ancestors were by Moses
who fed them for 40 years in the desert.
As strange as that might sound
they were asking for too little.
Jesus wanted to give them much more
and he wants to give us much more too.
Jesus himself is the much more we all hunger.
We look for something to satisfy us immediately
especially in our present culture.
We have little patience if we have to wait for something.
How long is Jesus waiting
for us to be in communion with him?
The communion he gives us satisfies everything
that we could ever possibly desire.
And we can experience that communion anytime at all.
Jesus comes into communion with us in Sacrament
just as we find ourselves at this moment or any moment.
Jesus stays with us.
He wants to suffer what we suffer when we suffer it.
He wants to rejoice when we rejoice
and celebrate when we celebrate.
In every Eucharist we celebrate,
Jesus’ thirst on the cross is to experience in himself
all that we experience, good and bad alike.
It’s as simple as opening our hearts to him
and letting him in to share our burdens.
Jesus told St. Faustina,
“You will give me pleasure if you hand over to me
all your troubles and griefs, I shall heap upon you
the treasures of my grace.”
Communion with Jesus –
it’s more than just sharing
ideas and emotions and experiences –
it’s welcoming Jesus to live those with us
moment by moment.
“Come, Lord Jesus. We welcome you.”