Thoughts from Deacon Steve
I recently read an article about a “drive thru” church somewhere out west. You could actually drive your car around the building to a window where you could “give your order” to a preacher who would dispense a few words of heavenly wisdom and even pass out communion!
Obviously this was not a Catholic local attraction. But it got me to thinking about the idea of a “McChurch.” I think quite a few folks would go for the option. Just think, you could get your egg muffin quick and easy and, if you had the right coupon you might get absolution at the same visit.
Well, I guess that's a little far fetched but isn't that the basic idea we get when we look at the crowd in our gospel today? They wanted “instant religion” but Jesus said no. The crowd seemed to be following Jesus and his disciples to see if they c
ould get another free meal of bread and fish. They wanted to see more miracles and healings and they wanted it now. Jesus told them that they were searching for the wrong thing. That they wanted “instant religious gratification.” But that is “perishable food” and it simply doesn't last.
It's easy, at times, for us as human beings to want instant everything, especially since we live in a modern culture that suggests that technology can produce it.
For Christians, especially Catholics, the process of achieving eternal life is often a slow journey. We are not usually “Born again” in a flash of lightning. It often takes most of a lifetime to realize that what we want and need is the “food that remains unto eternal life.” We follow Jesus and actually live in his presence but that fact does not suddenly turn us into perfect saints.
On the other hand, Jesus comes to us constantly and consistently. He invites us to partake in the experience of true and lasting “religion.” He calls us to a life filled with prayer, the struggle to serve our fellow man, and the disciplined commitment to living gospel values.
Do you want fries with that?