The good news for the day, May 2 2017
Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter (274)
The public would ask Jesus: “What kind of thing can you do that is so important—that once we see it, we can come to believe in you? What can you do? Our ancient ancestors ate “manna” in the desert—as it has been written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” Jesus answered this challenge, “The truth is: it wasn’t Moses who gave the “manna-bread” from heaven. It was My Father gives you the real bread—from the Other Realm. The bread of God is that which comes to earth from the Other Realm—and gives Life to the whole WORLD.” These challengers said to Jesus, “Sir, always give us this bread you are talking about.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of Life; whoever comes to me will never feel hunger, and whoever believes in me will never feel thirst.“ (John 6)
Poets use images to say something beyond words—beyond our daily lives, and often beyond experience—something New. A poem surprises and puzzles us. What IS being said?
“I am the Bread of Life.” Jesus reaches into the mystery of your soul with this image—and asks you to absorb something important—not just a word. Your readiness is crucial—realizing you need, you hunger, you thirst—for something “more’ than drifting along just “doing things.” At some time—it does not always happen—it dawns on you as a surprise that out there is a world that will satisfy your inner appetite—that will make you truly happy.
Some people find happiness in a hobby, a family, a career—but an ultimate hunger is fulfilled when you commit to the Realm of What is Right, when you care for others without judgment, when you start to feel gratitude for all the gifts that come to you. You are nourished not by words, but by truth. Not by achievements, but by service. Not by ambition and superiority, but by humility, self-effacement and the big discovery that some never find—that other people are just like you. THIS is the nourishment offered you, the Life you can have.