John 6:24-35 Reflection: I AM the bread of Life

A reading from the gospel according to John 6:24-35

24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
25 And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
27 Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
28 So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
30 So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do?
31 Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
32 So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

Reflection: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”

Good News: Whoever comes to Jesus will never hunger and whoever believes in Him will never thirst.

Jesus noticed that many people were following Him because of the food that was provided for them. Maybe they were looking for more. He then took the opportunity to preach about the real bread that gives life to the world. This is in support of His previous statement that no man shall live on bread alone but by the word of God. (Matthew 4:4) For indeed physical bread spoils but His word sustains life forever.

That is why when the people asked Jesus what they can do to accomplish the works of God, He responded by telling them to believe in the one He sent, an indication that Jesus Himself is the Son of God. By believing in Him, one’s spiritual hunger and thirst is satisfied. In short, Jesus alone is all we need.

The people insisted on seeing signs before they could believe in Jesus. They already witnessed the many wonders that He performed such as healing, raising of the dead, and feeding of thousands. They are never satisfied. Even if Jesus will perform even more miracles, they will still look for more. That is human nature at work. Jesus told them and He is telling us now: He is the sign.

So, if you want to accomplish the work of God, believe in the one God has sent – Jesus.

Gospel Reading and Reflection August 1 2021
Gospel Reading and Reflection for August 1, 2021

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