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Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
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The crowd said to Jesus: “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert…”
What can Jesus do? What can He give us? What an excellent question. So, what is the answer?
I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
There is a hunger and thirst within us that no food could ever satisfy and no drink could ever quench. In other words, there is a quest for purpose and meaning that no technology could ever satisfy and no science could ever quench. This profound hunger and thirst comes from within us and it drives us to the point of madness. It originates from the heart and mind – the soul and it is satisfied only in Christ Jesus.
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” – Confessions, Book 1, St. Augustine of Hippo.
It should be clear to all of us that we were made to question and discover, not just hunt and gather; to love and be loved, not just mate and multiply; and be filled with a sense of awe and wonder, and not just calculate and manipulate.
Jennifer Fulwiler. A few days ago I bought a book entitled: “Something other than God.” I haven’t read it yet, but I was intrigued by the book’s description. [Note: I have added my thoughts in brackets].
“Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. [Is this not typical of some secular young people? Few will ever come to admit it.] Why wouldn’t she be happy? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin. [She believed one of the biggest lies ever told: the more you have the happier you will be.]
Raised in a happy, atheist home, [First problem.] Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself [Very few people ever "think" for themselves; instead, they just learn from others.] and to play by her own rules [Original sin. It must be an awesome feeling to decide for yourself what is right and wrong or good and bad]. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. [I wonder what it was? Meaninglessness? Uselessness? Sinfulness?] Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered. At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered.
Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, [Finally! Alleluia! Asking deep questions - even when answers are unavailable - are a wonderful way to open one's mind to awe and wonder and something much greater than materialism and positivism] led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled [Reviled? Imagine a world without religion: scary and hateful. Back to square one.] since she was an awkward, skeptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. Mortified by this turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing religious books in opaque bags as if they were porn and locking herself in public bathroom stalls to read the Bible.” [Is this what the believer's future will look like?]
…’Something other than God’ is a poignant, profound, and often funny tale of one woman who set out to find the meaning of life and discovered that true happiness sometimes requires losing it all. [What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Good question, Jesus.]
Well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to dive into it.
What can Jesus do? He can move hearts and minds to see life in a way never seen before and where enormous gaps are finally filled. Who am I? Why was I created? What is the purpose and meaning of life and death? What is good? Why is life so important? Why is it beautiful?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Mt 7:7). (107)
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