Tuesday, 3rd Week in Easter April 16, 2024

Father Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for Tuesday, 3rd Week in Easter
April 16, 2024, John 6:30-35

Don’t Ask For Too Little. You might Get It.

Can you imagine finishing a beautiful dinner at someone’s home, and as you take the last sip of coffee, you say, “When do you want me to come back for breakfast?” the people who ate at the picnic Jesus sponsored weren’t satisfied when they had their fill. They wanted more, to continue on His dole like Moses, who fed people for forty years in the desert.

While that sounds like a lot, it’s not enough for Jesus. He wants to give us more than 40 years of food that decays when our bodies decay. He wants to give us Himself.

This Food from heaven isn’t like anything else we eat. We look over a menu at a restaurant and pick something we know will satisfy us immediately. We do find it satisfying, but it doesn’t last. The Communion Jesus gives us in Holy Communion satisfies everything we could desire in this life and the next.

Jesus comes into Communion with us as we find ourselves in the present moment. He wants to suffer what we suffer when we suffer it, rejoice when we rejoice, and celebrate when we celebrate.

Jesus’ thirst on the cross is to experience in himself all that we encounter, good and bad. It’s as simple as opening our hearts to Him and letting Him in to share our burdens. Jesus told St. Faustina, “You will give me pleasure if you hand over all your troubles and grief to me. I shall heap upon you the treasures of my grace.”

Gospel Challenge:
Communion with Jesus – it’s more than just sharing ideas, emotions, and experiences – it’s welcoming Jesus to live with us moment by moment.

“Come, Lord Jesus, and we welcome you.”

Fr. Rick Pilger, IC


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