The Gospel According to John – 2018.08.05
The Way, and Belief
There is a lot to parse in the gospel reading for today, the most salient matter is this.
God, the creator of the universe is the author of all life. We do not come to life by believing in it, we are already alive, God has made us.
God has made us for everlasting life. We do not acquire everlasting life through the power of our belief, we are endowed with it because God has prepared us for it.
Jesus calls us to have faith in this proposition, and by this to free ourselves from our present fears. In this way we are able to love one another and care for our brothers and sisters.
A just society is not possible without it.
Jesus does not call on us to believe in his name, or his titles or his powers, Jesus calls on us to believe in Gods plan for creation, to believe that it is good, just and merciful, and to act in accordance with those beliefs, and that is the bread of life.
I am the Bread of Life
When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’
‘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.
Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life,
the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.’
Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.’ So they said, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’
‘I tell you most solemnly, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’
‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’
‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.’
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time