God had done it before. In the time of Moses, he sent down manna (bread) from above to feed the Israelites who were literally starving in the desert and for centuries that faith story was handed on from generation to generation. Last week we experienced in John’s Gospel the multiplication of loaves when five thousand people were fed with the meager offering of a young man; five loaves and two fish. Now the people who were coming to know Jesus, understanding him as a prophet much like Moses, ask Jesus to do the same, to send down manna from the sky. Jesus replied: “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. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6.32-33 Jesus was speaking of himself; he is the true bread come down from heaven. That bread came down, not because any prophet asked for it; rather as a gift to the world from our Father, our Creator God. This bread would provide for the world all they needed to live life on this earth and to have eternal life with the Father in heaven. Jesus is that bread. Jesus gives us life. Sent by the Father to save all people of all time; not earned, but freely given by a loving Father who knows what his beloved children need. No longer would humanity need to search for a way to heaven, they need only to follow Jesus. So we wonder as Christians, just what is it that we are to be doing? We are to believe in the One whom the Father
has sent. Sounds easy; yes, we believe. But not so quick and not so easy; for to live in a way that others can witness our faith in Jesus, can be and often is very difficult. It calls for each of us to take inventory of our actions, our words, how we make decisions, our life of prayer (or not), and our love for all of God’s people. This is not about tolerance of God’s people; it is much more and calls us to true acts of love toward them. Again, it is not easy. It will take us a lifetime to live into the call we received at our baptism. Each and every day we must be mindful of how we are living and how that affects both the people we love and live with, as well as the stranger. So where will we find our strength? “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” John
6.35 All we need is Jesus, the True Bread come down from heaven.
Fed by faith in Jesus Christ,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC