NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 01 08 21
Gospel: John 6.24-35
Jesus had just fed a great multitude of people with just five loaves and two fish and naturally the event became a great sensation. People were amazed at his ability and wanted to make him King straightaway. But Jesus escapes that attempt and leaves the place.
People were so fascinated that they did not stop looking for Jesus. Food is a very important need for the body and all people, young and old need food. They might have thought that being with Jesus all the time will ensure food without any effort.
The feeding of the multitudes event would have brought to the people the memory of God feeding the Hebrew people in the wilderness with Manna, food from heaven. The Crowd keeps looking for Jesus.
They were successful after all this search and they locate Jesus and they approach him. Jesus does not seem very pleased and says, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.’
Jesus did perform great miracles but he says they were only signs. Signs of his authority, signs of what life can be, how food that is available can be shared and no one needs to go hungry and no food should be allowed to go a waste.
Food is important for the body but Jesus says, ‘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’. Jesus talks of a new type of food, food for the inner person, a food that will make the inner person strong and the person will never go hungry or thirsty.
Jesus says I am the bread of life and he gives himself as the food. His presence becomes food, his words become food. Jesus is a provider, he provides new life and he says that is why he came. We receive this new life by believing in him.
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.
We come to Jesus when we come to the Lords table to receive his body that our bodies will be healed and refreshed and satisfied. We believe in Jesus as a deer longs for water brooks so that he will quench our thirst.