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John 6:24-35

The Word of God

So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, 'Rabbi, when did you come here?' Jesus answered them, 'Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.' Then they said to him, 'What must we do to perform the works of God?' Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.' So they said to him, '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 6:24-35
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    • If you came today to a startling awareness of the goodness and generosity of God towards the world, how would you share it with others? This was the challenge that Jesus faced from his childhood on, because he had an unique appreciation of what God is like!
    • Here Jesus uses the simplest of images to help us understand: he talks of bread. In his day, when diets were simple, bread kept people alive; it satisfied their hunger and gave them strength to keep going. Here Jesus is saying that he is ‘the bread of life’ for them: by accepting his friendship they will be nourished, fed, strengthened, and become more alive.
    • I pray: ‘Lord, help me always to draw life from your friendship with me’.
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    • When God sent down manna from heaven to the Israelites, as they starved in the desert, they were delighted at first. However, it did not take them long to get tired of this food.
    • Are there times when I turn to material things to feed my soul rather than seeking the nourishment of the “true bread from heaven”?
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    • Jesus continually contrasts the temporary nature of the work of God in the Hebrew scriptures and the eternal nature of his own work We live in the time of Jesus, when his hour of death and resurrection have come. With him we can never only hunger or thirst for the kingdom of God, as it is near to us and within us. We thirst for more of what we already have.
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    • Jesus is bluntly honest with the people he had fed the previous day. He knows they came looking for him because they had eaten their fill of bread. Why do I look for Jesus? Is it out of love or for what I can get?
    • The truth can be uncomfortable and make us defensive and even cynical. Or it can make us stop, look, reflect and change. Lord, give me the humility to follow the truth always, because it alone ‘will make me free’ (John 8:32).