The food of wisdom: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel (John 6:51-58) by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA.

In preparation for mass this Sunday:

While driving along route 140 North in Grafton this morning, I spotted a cluster of maple trees whose leaves were turning orange and red.

A few minutes later, a radio commercial boldly proclaimed “back-to school-savings.”

While the warmth of summer still embraces our days and nights, the signs of an impending change of season and routine are around us as the days grow shorter.

Ian Sane Silver Creek, Flickr Creative Commons
Ian Sane Silver Creek, Flickr Creative Commons

It has been said that there are 525,600 minutes in a year. There’s nothing like the end of summer to remind us of the “ticking” of the clock, or of the “march” of time.

This weekend’s First Reading describes a feast, a banquet where everyone is fed (Proverbs 9:1-6). However the food that is offered is not ordinary food.

The “food” that is offered is wisdom for living.  Insights that nourish the spirit.

What kind of lessons about life have you learned this summer? What insights have you gained these past few months?

What wisdom have we imparted to our children, grandchildren and loved ones about being alive? Or, about love? Or, adversity or suffering or death? Or hope?  Or God?

glasseyes view in the bakery: father and son Flickr Creative Commons

glasseyes view in the bakery: father and son Flickr Creative Commons

Or, about what ultimately will matter at the sunset of our life?

The warm weather of summer invites us to family gatherings, cookouts, picnics and outdoor dining. These feasts are moments to be savored.

But there is another kind of “feasting.” It occurs when the mind and the soul are fed.

Fed so well, in fact, that we experience ourselves equipped to face the seasons ahead, whatever they may hold for us.

The words of Christ never fail to nourish those whose ears and hearts are open.

Let’s pray for the wisdom to savor and digest the “wisdom” that is offered to us.

Yes, the seasons are changing. Time is flying…Those 525,600 minutes are ticking fast!

But feasting on what feeds our deepest need, is never, never out of season.

copyright 2015 Steven Michael LaBaire

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