Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Come and Believe in Jesus


I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.John 6:35

Jesus said this in a discourse immediately after the miracle of the loaves. With this he clearly shows what it means to eat his body and drink his blood. While as Catholics, we believe the Bread and Wine we receive is the Body and Blood of Jesus, we need to look at the deeper meaning of what it means to receive Jesus in the form of Bread and Wine.
Jesus said when we come to him, we will not hunger, because we will have eaten his Body. When we believe in Jesus, we will never thirst, because we will have drunk his Blood. So what does it mean to come to Jesus? To come to Jesus means to approach him, to draw near to him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us without faith, it is impossible to please God. For whoever approaches God must believe that he exists, and that he rewards those who seek him. Approaching God is our response to his call to come near him. This is what pleases God. This is what shows our faith. We do not need a lot of faith. Coming to God is sufficient to please God.
Jesus also said when we believe in him, we will not thirst. The word translated as faith, belief and trust has the same root word in Greek. Some translations use the word belief instead of faith. To believe in Jesus then is to trust him.
We live not by bread, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. When we come to Jesus, respond to his call to come to him and when we approach him in trust, this is how we find life. When the people asked Jesus how they can do God's work, Jesus replied: this is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent. Life is not found in material success. Life is not found in power nor is it found in authority. It is found in Jesus Christ. When we come to him in trust we will have life. Hebrews 4:16 tells us Let us approach the Throne of grace with boldness that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
For the person who seeks more in life, for the person who is not satisfied with their life, come to Jesus and he will give you life.
Lord, teach me to trust you. Help me to come to you with boldness so you can help me in my time of need. When I am troubled, Lord, call me. May I respond to your call and trust you.

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