Scripture: John 6:27-40
Key verses: (32-35) 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.” 35Jesus 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: The image of Jesus as bread is a powerful one. We lift it up regularly in our communion liturgy, and speak of the Bread of Life, Bread from Heaven, the true bread, breaking bread together, and on and on. But bread is most powerful for those who need it desperately. In her book Waiting for God, Simone Weil wrote: “The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.”
What are you hungry for today? Can you see and name your deep hunger for God? Can you identify the place in you that isn’t filled up by all the things you use to distract yourself from your need for God? This is where God meets us in Jesus Christ, the bread of life.
Prayer: Lord, you are the bread of life. And I am hungry. Help me admit my need for you. Slow me down enough to recognize it. Then fill me with your bread. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[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].