Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6,35-40
Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen (me), you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”
Go to life
1) Trust: when you get on the path of getting to know Jesus, you also begin a path of self-discovery. That path requires trust, courage, and tolerance to pain. Trust because this path with God is an adventure and if God truly enters your life and you let Him in, it will shed light on a lot of darkness. Trust in God because the time may come when you even become disappointed in yourself.
2) Courage: because it is an unknown path and it implies faith. Sure, at the beginning we are super excited, but later that spirit diminishes toward the things of God.
It might be even happening to you with the masses, audios, rosaries, etc … But fear also appears. A person who is brave is the one who does things even with fear.
3) Tolerance to pain: in the process of discovering yourself there are also painful moments, where you must also see your limits and miseries, but “you cannot redeem what you do not accept.” If you do not have tolerance to put up with the pain that the process of discovering yourself implies, you are not going to do it. Remember Saint Augustine said: “Lord, may I know you, Lord, may I know me”; the more I know God, the more I know myself.
Christian life is a process and when you encounter Christ there is truly a change in you and a different path appears. You see that what you thought was your life, it wasn´t that way, and you start to see things that you didn’t see before.
This takes time because a Christian lives a process of encounter with Christ. If not, it would be falling into religious fanaticism and that is not good. But of course, when you know God’s love and everything that changes your life, you want to share it with your family or loved ones, but you can’t. You can invite others to have the experience you had, but you cannot transfer the experience to them. You can invite others but they need to decide for themselves because the encounter is personal. The Eucharist does that, it ignites that fire of God in your heart. But it is a process that is not easy. It is difficult, but it is worth it.
God bless you and be with you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And always remember, Heaven is our goal!