After the great miracle of the bread and the fish, Jesus has a very special talk with his disciples about the meaning of who he is. He calls himself “The Bread of Life.” The idea is to take actual bread and see what this means when we apply this to Jesus, as we do in the sacrament of Holy Communion. When we eat the bread of that very special table, we take Jesus completely into ourselves. Jesus really comes to live in us when we eat the Communion bread and drink the Communion juice.
The crowds kept following Jesus because they had their physical hunger filled. They thought to themselves: “If Jesus can feed us today, maybe he can give us lunch tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow!” Jesus takes their hunger for bread and begins to teach them about a deeper hunger that they have for God and how Jesus can fill that hunger so that they will never be hungry again. Place yourself among that crowd and listen carefully to what Jesus says. Here is miracle bread for your soul!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Your bread that lasts forever v. 27
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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