bread of life'
21st April 2021
Today's gospel reading gives us
the first of the great 'I am' sayings from
St John's gospel. Jesus declared
35 'I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me
will never go hungry,
and whoever believes in me
will never be thirsty.'
What a gift!
Many Christians, whose Gospel is restricted
to the New Testament,
can only tell of what God 'has done'.
Too often the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
are spoken of in the past tense as if God
was once at work in the world
but has ceased to be an
active presence now.
But God is present and active,
loving, with us in the here and now.
Just as God revealed himself to Moses
in the wilderness, saying that he is not
just the God of his ancestors but
is the present God who is with him
and all who turn to him;
revealing his presence with the words;
I AM WHO I AM' (Exodus 3:1-15)
so he reveals himself to us through
his Holy Spirit in all of creation.
French philosopher and priest
Pierre Teilhard da Chardin (1881-1955)
challenges our thinking about God
with the statement:
God is not far away from us,
altogether apart from the world we see,
touch, hear smell and taste about us.
Rather he awaits us
at every instant of our action.
How often do we come to the Lord
and ask him to abide with us;
to just be in his presence?
Many still come to Jesus for what
they can get out of him,
whether it's for bread, peace or
salvation and there's no doubt that
we need all these things,
for without him there is an emptiness in
our lives that nothing else can fill.
Without him we are in danger of perishing
in the wilderness of this world.
But Jesus wants us to come to him
not just for all these things but
out of love and in response to
his love for us.
He comes to us and dwells in us;
to believe in Jesus means to have a
living relationship with him.
It is through this living relationship
that that we are given
strength and peace,
for we know he is with us
and loves us.
We need food to exist but we
need to do more than just exist;
we need to live and Jesus said;
'I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.'
Can we learn to come to Jesus and feed on him
in our hearts?
It's no use feeding our bodies
if our souls are dying of malnutrition.
It is Jesus who gives us energy and strength;
we would be foolish to seek to
journey through this world alone.
It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'I am the Bread of Life'
with Jo Boyce &
the CJM MUSIC Collective (with lyrics)'
via the link shown below.