“’Do not work on the food (ἐργάζεσθε μὴ τὴν βρῶσιν) which perishes, but on the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do, to be working the works (ἐργαζώμεθα τὰ ἔργα) of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God (τὸ ἔργον τοῦ θεοῦ), that you believe in him whom he has sent.’” (Jn 6: 27-29)
So, believing in Christ, Whom the Father has sent, is “work.” More specifically, it is “the work” of God, in us. For our part, it involves “working on the food which endures to eternal life,” or seeing to our spiritual nourishment.
What does this mean for me on this cloudy Tuesday, in practical terms? It means staying close to God’s word, and staying, prayerfully, in His presence, so that the rest of my “work” can fall into the right place. So I remain sane and healthy, doing what I am supposed to be doing, according to my “vocation,” rather than losing focus or balance, and slipping into obsessions or addictions. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Mt 6: 33) Lord, be my focus today, so that all my work may be Your work, in me. Amen!