“….Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. So they said to him, ‘What can we do to accomplish the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.’” (John 6:26-29)
We alcoholics are in the mainstream as far as looking for immediate rewards, immediate gratification – to believe in whatever will satisfy us. Upon just a bit of reflection, we realize that this is not enough. Our hearts still are restless and yearn for something greater – something more lasting.
The Lord himself answers our heart’s longing by telling us to simply focus on him and place all our trust in him. What is there in this world that will surpass his promise to us of eternal life for those who love him and do his will?
Today would be a good day to pray the prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola:
Take, Lord, and receive all my
Liberty, my memory, my understanding,
And my entire will, all that I have and possess.
You have given all to me.
To You, O Lord, I return it.
All is yours, dispose of it wholly
According to your will.
Give me only your love and your
Grace for this is sufficient for me.
These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.