Today is Monday the 5th of May, in the Third Week of Easter.

The monks of Pluscarden Abbey sing Psalm 62: O God, you are my God, for you I long.  For you my soul is thirsting. Can you sense that longing within you as you begin this prayer today?  Can you feel that thirst within you that only God can quench?

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.

In this scene, which follows on from the feeding of the five thousand, there is a strong sense of these people looking for Jesus, even getting into boats to go after him.  Then the question comes up of why they are looking for him.   If you were one of the people in those boats, what would your reason be?  Why would you be looking for Jesus?

Jesus tells the people to distinguish between the food that perishes and the food that endures for eternal life.  What, in your life, are the kinds of food that perish?  And what endures? – what endures for eternal life?

As you listen again to the story, imagine yourself as one of the crowd, and see what it feels like –  looking for Jesus, getting into one of the boats, and eventually finding him, and then hearing him speak these words to you.

“This is the work of God – that you believe in him whom he has sent.”  What do you want to say, now, to Jesus – to the one whom God has sent?