Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
31 Jul 2021

In the gospel today, the people fail to realize that Jesus is the sign of God’s presence, in their midst.  All around us there is a preoccupation with hunger for material goods.  But in this gospel Jesus’ words help us to realize that food is but basic fodder and that if we are really to live, something more is required.  There is another kind of nourishment needed by the human heart, because there are other hungers that we need to satisfy.  Deep down within each of us there is a hunger to love and be loved, to be listened to and to be appreciated and above all to know that there is a meaning and an eternal value to our lives.  These are the hungers of the heart and the yearnings of the spirit of which Jesus wants us to be conscious and which he alone can satisfy.  At this depth is our hunger for God.  You and I are in this story as it touches our personal lives.  Jesus calls us to work as hard to receive that bread which he is, as we normally work for the bread which does not last.  Otherwise, we will never know what we are striving for, and die without realizing our spiritual greatness.  Unfortunately, the world is full of people who spend their lives aimlessly seeking joy and happiness in the wrong ways.