With Jesus and hunger and thirst of love and friendship.

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass,  Sunday August 1,   John 6,24-35 is read.

INDEX

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

John 6,24-35 says:

6:24 When the multitude, therefore, saw that Jesus wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
6:25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
6:26 Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.
6:27 Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.”
6:28 They said therefore to him, “What must we do, that we may work the works of God?”
6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
6:30 They said therefore to him, “What then do you do for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you do?
6:31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”
6:32 Jesus, therefore, said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.
6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”
6:34 They said therefore to him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Footnotes

  1. 6:31 Greek and Hebrew use the same word for “heaven”, “the heavens”, “the sky”, and “the air”.
  2. 6:31 Exodus 16:4; Nehemiah 9:15; Psalm 78:24-25

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The message

.6:26 Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.
6:27 Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.”

Pope Francis focus on Jesus  answer and shares a very special interpretation:

6:26 Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.

We have to have the motive to search for God. 
Wth “miracoulistic” immature superficial faith that only looks for your own needs, you will not reach God.
A relation of love with God.

This is also important in our personal relations. To use your next for your own purposes and needs. Read transcript below.

Video transcript:

English Italian
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. The opening scene of the gospel in today’s liturgy,  
he introduces us to some boats moving towards Capernaum. 
 
The crowd is going to  
seek Jesus. We may think it is a very good thing, yet the gospel  
it teaches us that it is not enough to seek God. We must also ask ourselves why we seek him.
 
In fact, Jesus affirms “you are looking for me not because you have seen   signs but because you ate those loaves, which you satiated “
 
In fact, the people had witnessed the prodigy of the multiplication of the loaves but had not  accepted the meaning of that gesture. It stopped at the outward miracle. 
 
It stopped to material bread, only there, without going beyond the meaning of this.
Then  a first question that we can all ask ourselves. Why are we looking for the lord? 
Because I’m looking for the  
Man? What are the reasons for my faith, our faith? 
 

We need to
discern this because among the many temptations we have in life,   among the many temptations, there is one that we could call idolatrous temptation. 
 
It is what  urges us to seek God, for our own use and consumption, to solve problems,  to have, thanks to him, what we alone cannot obtain out of interest.
 
 
But in this way the faith remains superficial that even I allow myself the word, the faith remains  
miraculous. 
 
We look for God to feed us and then we forget about him when we are full of food.
 
at the center of this immature faith, there is no God. There are our needs. Think of our interests, many things. 
 
It is right to present our needs to the heart of God, But the Lord  
who acts well beyond our expectations, wishes to live with us above all, a relationship of love.
 
And true, selfless love is free. One does not love to receive a favor in return. This  interest is so many times in life. We are interested. 
 
 
A second question can help us,  
the one that the crowd addresses to Jesus. What must we do to do the works  
of God? It is as if the people provoked by Jesus, he said. But how to purify  
our search for God? 
How to pass from a magical faith that only thinks about your own needs, 
to the faith that pleases God?
 
And Jesus points the way. He replies that God’s work is to welcome him 
that the father sent, that is, to welcome Jesus himself. 
It is not adding religious practices, observing special precepts. It is welcoming  
Jesus. And welcome him into life. It is to live a love story with Jesus.
 
He will purify our faith. 
Alone we cannot. But the gentleman wishes with us
a love relationship. 
Before the things we receive and do, there is him to love. 
There is a relationship with him that goes beyond the logic of interest and calculation.
 
This applies to God 
but it also holds true in our human and social relationships.
 
When we seek above all the satisfaction of our needs,  
we risk using people and exploiting situations  
for our purposes. How many times have we heard from a person

“But this uses people and then they forget” Use people for their own profit. 

 

 
 
This is bad. It is a company that focuses on interests 
instead of people it is a society that does not generate life. The invitation of the gospel is this: 
Rather than being concerned only with the material bread that feeds us, 
we welcome Jesus as the bread of life. And starting from our friendship with him,
we learn to love each other freely and without calculations. 
Love free and without calculations, without using people, with gratuitousness, 
with generosity, with magnanimity. Let’s pray now 
to the holy virgin the one who lived the most beautiful love story with God because there  
grant us the grace to open ourselves to the encounter with your son. Angelus domini …
Cari fratelli e sorelle, Buongiorno. La scena iniziale del vangelo nella liturgia odierna, ci presenta alcune barche in movimento verso Cafarnao.

La folla sta andando a cercare Gesù. Potremmo pensare che sia una cosa molto buona, eppure il vangelo ci insegna che non basta cercare Dio. Bisogna anche chiedersi il motivo per cui lo si cerca.

Infatti Gesù afferma “voi mi cercate non perché avete visto dei segni ma perché avete mangiato di quei pani, che vi siete saziati”

La gente infatti aveva assistito al prodigio della moltiplicazione dei pani ma non aveva accolto il significato di quel gesto. Si era fermata al miracolo esteriore.

Si era fermata al pane materiale, soltanto lì, senza andare oltre al significato di questo.

Ecco allora una prima domanda che possiamo farci tutti noi. Perché cerchiamo il signore? Perché cerco io il signore? Quali sono le motivazioni della mia fede, della nostra fede?

Abbiamo bisogno di discernere questo perché tra le tante tentazioni che noi abbiamo nella vita, tra le tante tentazioni, ce n’è una che potremmo chiamare tentazione idolatrica.

E’ quella che ci spinge a cercare Dio, a nostro uso e consumo, per risolvere i problemi, per avere grazie a lui quello che da soli non riusciamo a ottenere per interesse.

Ma in questo modo la fede rimane superficiale che anche mi permetto la parola, la fede rimane miracolistica.

Cerchiamo Dio per sfamarci e poi ci dimentichiamo di lui quando siamo sazi.

al centro di questa fede e immatura, non c’è Dio. Ci sono i nostri bisogni. Pensa ai nostri interessi, tante cose.

E’ giusto presentare al cuore di Dio, le nostre necessità, Ma il signore che agisce ben oltre le nostre attese, desidera vivere con noi anzitutto una relazione di amore.

E l’amore vero è disinteressato è gratuito. Non si ama per ricevere un favore in cambio. Questo interesse è tante volte nella vita. Noi siamo interessati.

Ci può aiutare una seconda domanda, quella che la folla rivolge a Gesù. Che cosa dobbiamo fare per compiere le opere di Dio? E’ come se la gente provocata da Gesù, dicesse. Ma come fare per purificare la nostra ricerca di Dio? Come passare da una fede magica che pensa solo ai propri bisogni,
alla fede che piace a  Dio ?

 

E Gesù indica la strada. Risponde che l’opera  di Dio è accogliere colui
che il padre ha mandato, cioè accogliere lui stesso, Gesù.
Non è aggiungere pratiche religiose, osservare speciali precetti. E’ accogliere Gesù. Eì accoglierlo nella vita . E’ vivere una storia di amore con Gesù.

Sarà lui a purificare la nostra fede. Da soli non siamo in grado.
Ma il signore desidera con noi un rapporto d’amore.
Prima delle cose  che riceviamo e facciamo, c’è lui da amare.
C’è una relazione con lui che va oltre le logiche dell’interesse e del calcolo.

Questo vale nei riguardi di Dio ma anche vale nelle nostre relazioni umane e sociali.

Quando cerchiamo soprattutto
il soddisfacimento dei nostri bisogni, rischiamo di usare le persone e di strumentalizzare le situazioni per i nostri scopi.Quante volte abbiamo sentito  da una persona

“Ma questo usa la gente e poi si dimentica” Usare le persone al proprio profitto.

E’ brutto questo. E’ una società che mette al centro gli interessi
invece delle persone è una società che non genera vita. L’invito del vangelo è questo:
Piuttosto che essere preoccupati soltanto dal pane materiale che ci sfama,
accogliamo Gesù come il pane della vita.
E a partire dalla nostra amicizia con lui,

impariamo ad amarci tra di noi con gratuità e senza calcoli.
Amore gratuito e senza calcoli, senza usare la gente, con gratuità,
con generosità, con magnanimità. Preghiamo ora
alla vergine santa colei che ha vissuto la più bella storia d’amore con Dio perché ci doni la grazia di aprirci all’incontro con il suo figlio. Angelus domini …

 

6:32 Jesus, therefore, said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.

Hunger and thirst

6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Hunger is translated from the greek word peinasē

Thirst is translated from the greek word dipsēsei

It seems that the words are correctly translated. But it is absurd that we should not need any water and food with Jesus. So the question is 
What is hunger and thirst?”
it can be hunger and thirst for many things.

I interpret these words as used by Jesus, not hunger for material things like food and water. I interpret these words as hunger and thirst for love and friendship.

What is the true bread of heaven

6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”

Jesus then said:

6:35 “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

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conclusion

As usual, Pope Francis has a very special interpretation. He helped me to understand when Jesus said “who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in  me will never be thirsty.”
Asi mentioned above, it  is absurd that we do not need to eat nor drink anymore. Jesus must ahave meant with hungry and thirts, hunger of love and friendshipt. With Jesus, you are not alone and you won’t have need of earthly love. This is what I experienced in Sweden, where many feel lonelyness. I did not felt lonelyness being with Jesus.

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