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Apr 17, 2024

John 6: 35-40

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 

“And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Apr 17, 2024

Pursuit of Fulfillment

Every weekend, my husband and I sit down to plan our meals for the week. We shop for the ingredients we need, prepare lunches in advance, and we’re pretty good at sticking to our plan. However, at the end of the week, one or both of us is just over it. We’re done with the usual rotation of salads for lunch and various grilled chicken dishes. By Friday, I find myself saying “You know what sounds soooo good right now?”, and inevitably, we end up ordering take out or making our way to our favorite local restaurant to satisfy my craving for something different.

In our contemporary context, the pursuit of fulfillment leads to temporary satisfaction. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us to consider the hunger and thirst within our souls - our longings for meaning, purpose, and connection. Amidst the cravings and desires for temporary indulgences, Jesus invites us to find sustenance in him, a more nourishing and more eternal solution.

Today, reflect on the hunger within your soul. What do you desire most - meaning, purpose, connection, love, compassion, forgiveness? Approach Jesus with openness, asking him to bestow upon you the sustenance most vital for your journey today.

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at?Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Apr 17, 2024


Lord Jesus,
In the midst of our daily pursuits and fleeting satisfactions,
grant us the wisdom to recognize the deeper hunger within our souls.
As we yearn for meaning, purpose, connection, and love,
lead us to find true fulfillment in you.
Help us to turn away from the allure of temporary indulgences
and instead seek the eternal nourishment that only you can provide.

Jackie Schulte

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