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John 6:30-35

The Word of God

So they said to Jesus, 'What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, "He gave them bread from heaven to eat." ' Then Jesus said to them, 'Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.' They said to him, 'Sir, give us this bread always.' Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'

John 6:30-35
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    • In today’s Gospel the crowd, who have witnessed the multiplication of loaves and fishes, ask for a sign as if the multiplication was nothing much. Jesus puts his Father above Moses and by implication his word (teaching) above that of Moses. The crowd interprets the whole discussion in material terms and so misinterprets what he says.
    • The people were sure about what they wanted, clear about how God had worked in the past; they had a template and they wanted to see whether Jesus fitted it. We sometimes approach Jesus in the same way, asking for what we need, expecting a particular answer. Jesus wants to open our hearts to receive what God is offering; we need to open our eyes to recognise it.
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    • Notice how some of the Jews have conditions for Jesus to fulfill before they will accept Him – for example that He would produce spectacular miracles like Moses did. It prevents them from seeing and experiencing that God is revealing Godself directly and immediately in the person of Jesus.
    • If we accept Jesus and allow ourselves to grow in love of Him, we will find that He is the "bread of life" for which we hunger. What is preventing you from seeing and experiencing Jesus as the bread of life? What preconditions are you laying down before you encounter Him?
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    • The word ‘bread’ comes up six times in this short passage! What does bread mean for me? I love freshly baked bread, its taste, texture and smell. When I am not well, I like white toasted bread, but when I’m well, I love brown. There are innumerable types of bread to satisfy different tastes and needs. What sort of bread is Jesus for me?
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    • The people were sure about what they wanted, clear about how God had worked in the past; they had a template and they wanted to see whether Jesus fitted it. We sometimes approach Jesus in the same way, asking for what we need, expecting a particular answer. Jesus wants to open our hearts to receive what God is offering; we need to open our eyes to recognise it.
    • Help us, Lord, when we are limited by our past. When we know how we have been blessed, help us to stay before you in trust, aware of how little we deserve but ready to receive your grace in new ways.
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    • Jesus points out to the crowd that it was God rather than Moses who provided the hungry Israelites with manna. Now he himself is God’s divine intervention in our world. He is the once-and-for-all gift of God to us.
    • Lord, the words you held out to those Galileans so long ago are held out to me today. In every Eucharist you bring me life, even if I do not understand how. By partaking of the bread of life let me become your hands, your feet, your heart in the world. May I be self-giving as you are.
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    • Many people today are searching for God. They need signs to know where God is. Am I such a sign in any way?
    • When Jesus explains the Scriptures he opens up a new horizon to us. We need not look in the sky for signs: Jesus himself is the sign we need, and he is close. He feeds me with his own life. Do I nourish others?
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    • Lord, I am still trying to satisfy some need of mine, working for food that cannot last. It is in prayer that I begin to sense a deeper satisfaction, and to know that in this bond with you there is something sacred, and the chance to live at a deeper level than I have ever done.
    • All we need for happiness and fulfilment is in the teaching and the love of God. The bread from heaven is the word of God and the Eucharist. With the food of this teaching, nothing else is needed for living in the truth. Prayer can be a time of being grateful to God for this word of life, and for this bread which means that God is never far away from us. The word and the bread nourish us all the days of life.
    • The bread of Jesus is his own life. That's what he means in saying he gives us his body as real food. We receive this bread of life any time we do something that is from faith, or love of him and of God. His love, to the death of the cross, is always life-giving. Each day we live in that love, finding it especially at a time of prayer.
    • Those challenging Jesus for a sign have failed to recognise what he has done. Above all, they have failed to recognise that he is, in himself, the sign. He invites, but does not compel, faith in himself. We too look for signs. Jesus is the sign.
    • He is 'the bread of life', the bread 'which comes down from heaven and gives life to the word'. Am I in touch with the hunger within myself which is for God and nothing less? This is the hunger Jesus came to satisfy.
    • Jesus is for me bread of life; pleasure, nourishment, sustenance-daily food. I give thanks to God for the daily bread I receive. I pray that I may worry less about the future and try instead to recognise how God feeds me.
    • The food that Jesus promises is not for selfish satisfaction but is offered for the world. I bring to my prayer the needs of the world as I know them, praying that people may accept the goodness God offers to them.

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