18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY
This week’s gospel reading continues the exploration
of John Ch 6 that began last week and will continue for another
few weeks. Today’s passage begins the extended discourse on the
‘Bread of Life’ image that runs throughout this chapter. Last
week’s reading finished with Jesus virtually fleeing the scene
when the crowd wanted to make him king. At the start of today’s
reading, the crowd has caught up with him again and appears to
be looking for a repeat performance of the miraculous feeding.
Jesus accuses them of simply wanting more food and not being alert
to the truth of the sign they had witnessed. The crowd asks what
they must do to accomplish the works of God and Jesus answers
fairly bluntly, Believe in me!
In response, the people demand a sign from Jesus: produce manna
from heaven as Moses did during the Exodus. In fact, manna from
heaven is one of the signs of the coming of the Messiah that is
foretold by the prophets. So, in their own way, the people are
asking Jesus to demonstrate to them that he is the Messiah. Jesus,
however, explains that it was not Moses who produced the manna,
but God. In Jesus, God has already produced the sign – the Bread
sent down from heaven. There is no need for Jesus to produce such
a sign; the sign has already been produced by God. It is up to
the people – and us – to recognise God’s gift of life-sustaining
nourishment that is Jesus.
In the Eucharist, we continue to celebrate Jesus as the Bread
of Life – the sustaining gift of God that ‘gives life to the world’.
© Fr Greg Sunter
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READINGS THIS WEEK
Ex 16:2-4. 12-15
Manna from heaven.
Eph 4:17, 20-24
Lay aside your former way of life.
Jesus is the bread of life.