I remember thinking that I would walk 5 miles in the snow to get to Taco Bell when I was in Europe had one existed somewhere nearby. Full disclosure, I have probably had Taco Bell twice since my time in Europe almost 15 years ago. Knowing that, why would I have walked so far for a taco from Taco Bell? I missed home. I loved my time in Europe, but even just the thought of something I could not have during my short exile from the United States would get me excited. It wasn’t about a physical hunger. For some reason unknown to me to now, Taco Bell personified my desire for the comforts of being home.
What satisfies you? What do you really long for? I think we settle for an imitation of the bread from heaven that God desires to give us in our lives. I know I do at times. I know that Taco Bell will never leave me eternally satisfied but I settle for it. God desires to give us so much more spiritually, but we can’t even think of this spiritual feast because we are so full of junk.
The next 3 Sundays focus on the bread of life discourse in John 6. I think as we approach these next couple of weeks, it’s a good opportunity to look at our spiritual diets. Where are we being fed? What is sustaining for us? What’s not? What spiritual junk food do you need to eliminate so you might be fed with bread from heaven. I don’t claim to be a nutritional expert, but one thing I have found to be true is that when you eat healthy you start to desire more healthy food. As we allow God to feed us spiritually and understand who Jesus is in the Eucharist, we will desire him more. God increase my desire and love for you and the things of you.
This week in #ShareJesus Weekly Video 16, Mary Bielski begins to break open the bread of life discourse in John 6. Check it out and let us know what you think by commenting on the video on Facebook or Youtube or below.
Ideas for Sharing
Sharing on Social Media this week:
Some questions to consider as you post this week: What does it mean to be fed spiritually? When and how have you had moments in your life where you felt truly fed or hungry spiritually? Here’s the link to share on Twitter https://youtu.be/DKe6mrVuqTw
Taking it offline:
- Spend 5 extra minutes spiritually preparing yourself for Mass this Sunday.
- Go to church an extra time this week to pray before the Eucharist.
- Invite someone to church with you on Sunday.
- Introduce yourself to someone new before or after Mass this week.
- Pray for your friends who don’t know Jesus by name. Ask God to give you wisdom on how to share your faith with them.
If you want to be of use to others, begin by taking pains with yourself: the fire that is to enkindle others should be lit at home. St. Ignatius of Loyola