Craving for God – Br. Jack Crowley

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Br. Jack Crowley

John 6:30-35

My Brothers know that I love to eat. I eat often and I eat a lot. Every monastery has to have that one Brother who’s always hungry, and I’m that guy. So having said that, I must confess that every time I hear Jesus call himself the bread of life, I get a little hungry.

One of the many things I love about Jesus is he knows what motivates us. He knows our hearts, our minds, and our stomachs. He knows what makes us tick. He knows this for each and every one of us, in our own peculiar way.

Jesus knows that above all else, we crave God. We crave God in the same way we crave food. Deep down, we crave God not one time, but all the time.

This craving for God is good. It’s a good desire. What we do with our desire for God is what matters. How we go about fulfilling our craving for God is what shapes our spiritual lives.

Jesus continually invites us to keep coming back to him with our desire for God. He promises that anyone who comes to him will never be hungry again. We have the freedom to feed on Christ daily. We have the freedom to feed on Christ not just daily, but every moment of our lives.

Think about that for a moment. We have access to God every single moment of our lives. No matter how we are feeling, what we are thinking, or what we are doing, God’s sustenance is available to us.

God is not only ready for us, God is willing to meet us where we are. Our craving for God can be fulfilled in the here and now. We do not have to wait for the circumstances of our life to perfectly align to feed on Christ. Thank God. That’s really good news.

If you keep waiting for the perfect moment to find God, you will keep waiting. There will never be a perfect time to find God, except right now. God is already at work in the present circumstances of your life. You do not have to wait. God is here, God is now, and God is with us.

God is ready for us, even if we don’t think we are ready for God. God is ready to nourish us, even if we do not think we are worthy. God is ready to feed us, even if we don’t think we need to eat.

To be fed by God is a humbling act. It’s like that feeling when you take the first bite of food, and you realize just how hungry you really were. It’s humbling to admit how much we need God, not just one time, but again and again all the time.

To recognize our absolute dependence on God is shocking. It’s uncomfortable. It’s unsettling, but it’s real. Our dependence on God is not something we grow out of, our dependence on God is something we grow in to.

Certainly, in the course of our busy lives and increasingly fuller days, our relationship with God is something that will change. There may be times when we think we have this, we can do it by ourselves. We may let our lives distract us from the giver of our lives. We can take for granted what is right in front of us and forget to give thanks to who holds it all together.

If your experience is anything like mine, inevitably, hunger brings us back to God’s table. The call of God is as unrelenting as a stomach growling. That holy hunger in our soul is impossible to ignore. We must feed it with God.

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1 Comments

  1. Tambria Elizabeth Lee on April 18, 2024 at 13:37

    Brother Jack:
    I am struck by the phrase….” our dependence upon God is not something we grow out of but something we grow into.” I will be using that as my lectio moment until further notice 🙂 Thank you for the thoughtful homily.

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