The Bread of Life.
esus 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….Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" Jesus answered them, "Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
The Bread of Life
t begins with the miracle of the loaves, begins with bread but the bread that Jesus offers has the power to satisfy hunger for ever. He is the bread of life come down from heaven. What he offers is eternal life. Murmuring, greets the teaching on the Bread of life.
The claim that he has come down from heaven is offensive, mind-blowing to some. He adds to their consternation when he says: “the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." A real shocker.
His body is life-giving. Whoever comes to him, believes in him, will never hunger or thirst. The unfolding teaching asks much of his hearers, demands faith, a gift from the Father.
In the Bread of life we meet the compassionate loving providence of God. In the light of the Last Supper, we see in the teaching of the Bread of Life, the Eucharist. Life giving is expressed in the form of a meal.
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries