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Prepare to Listen. As you wait in silence, hear God’s words: Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.
Prayerfully Read John 6:25-34
25When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ 26Jesus 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. 27Do 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.’ 28Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ 29Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ 30So 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? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”’ 32Then 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. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ 34They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’
The same crowd that participated in a miraculous feeding by Jesus confronted him the next day in the synagogue in Capernaum. They asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus ignored their question, and instead rebuked them for seeking him only for the goodies (free food), and urged them to work for eternal rewards. When asked what work they must do, Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” The crowd mistrusted him, became hostile, demanding that he give them a sign so they could believe. They seem to have forgotten that Jesus had already given a sign, the miraculous feeding the day before. They wanted to see something bigger than what they’d experienced. After all, long ago Moses fed the people with free bread. They demanded to see Jesus do something greater than what Moses had done.
Patiently, Jesus reminded them that it was God, not Moses who gave them bread from heaven, a bread that gives life to all. Their attitude seems to have changed and they asked, “Sir, give us this bread always.” But they still don’t get it, that Jesus himself is the bread. They want the free goodies, “this bread always,” but not Jesus. In the end, they’ll reject Jesus because he won’t give them what they want.
What do you want, Jesus or merely his ‘goodies’? What do you see now?
Respond to Jesus
I pray today, Lord as you taught us to pray: Give us today our daily bread. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world. Seek Jesus, not ‘the goodies.’
Reflection on Scripture has been a constant in my life ever since I can remember. Reflecting on Jesus in the Gospels has become a necessity to get Jesus right. Join me in reading John to see Jesus more clearly this Lent.