May 2, 2022
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase that emerges from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. (John 6:22-29)
LOOKING FOR GOD: Today’s Gospel reading follows the passage detailing the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus is calling out his disciples. He says, “You’re following me because I provide for you, not because you believe.”
We are guilty of this, aren’t we? We tend to turn to Jesus only in times of need, and unfortunately fail to give him much of our time when things are going smoothly.
I know I struggle with this. I am making an effort to work on this shortcoming. I am being more deliberate in my prayer life. My daily prayer always contains three parts, in this order: First, prayers of gratitude for another day and for all with which I have been blessed. Next, I pray for the needs of others. Finally, I pray for my own needs. By adding this structure to my prayer, I attempt to take the focus off of me.
I need Jesus in my life, and I will always turn to him when I am struggling. But I want to be sure He knows I want Him in my life everyday, and give Him the time and attention He deserves.
I want Him to know that I follow Him not only because He provides for me, but because I believe.