Scripture: John 6:27-40
Key verse: (35) “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.”
Reflection: People chase after many things looking to satisfy the longing in their souls. But, only God can nourish us in the deepest recesses of our being. How often do we get trapped into thinking that we can find what we are longing for without God? How often do we want to go our own way and be fed by something that is only a temporary fix? Jesus uses the metaphor of true bread to describe a spiritual food. It is not the literal bread we eat to nourish our bodies — the bread that we make. Rather it is the true bread of heaven that only God can offer. It is bread that quiets the hunger in our souls. The true bread is not the bread of temporary fixes and self-gratifying solutions. It is the life-giving assurance of eternal life with God in Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us that this is the will of God: all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life. When we feast on the true bread, all our striving will cease and we will know that Jesus knows us and we know him. Contentment, peace, and profound joy can be found when we eat of this heavenly bread, this spiritual food.
Prayer: Holy God, help us to trust in you. When we struggle with our hunger and thirst for earthly things, remind us that you offer the bread of life so that we will never be hungry again. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].