Monday, Third Week of Easter

John 6:22-29

Today’s Gospel is the beginning of a long passage in which Jesus talks about himself as the ‘Bread of Life.’ We know at the outset that there will be confusion. Jesus is talking about much more than having physical hunger satisfied.

Today I can’t get passed the first level of meaning of these words:

‘I tell you most solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.’

So many in our world don’t have all the bread they need, never mind want. It’s likely that many who heard Jesus preach were living hand to mouth too. Their well-being wasn’t guaranteed and they lived with the demands of the occupying Romans. A significant percentage of the wheat they grew was sent to Rome. So when Jesus multiplies bread for them its both actual and symbolic. He feeds their physical hunger and gives them spiritual hope that God wants a world ordered by His ways and not the Emperor’s.

When you eat bread today take a moment to thank God and to a imagine a world where the values of the Kingdom prevail.