18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:24-35)


“Why are we looking for Jesus (see Jn 1:38)? Are our motives pure? Do they resonate with the deepest longings of our heart? Saint John of the Cross: ‘He who seeks God, and yet wants his own satisfaction and rest, seeks him at night and thus will not find him. He who looks for him through the practice and works of the virtues and gets up from the bed of his own satisfaction and delight, seeks him by day and thus will find him.’” ~Magnificat Magazine, August 5, 2018, digital edition