Sunday’s Reflection: This gospel passage from John centers around one sign and one issue in the gospel: John’s account of the feeding of the five thousand and Jesus’ special relationship with the Father. First is Jesus’ special relationship with the Father. If one desires to be close to Jesus, then one must be “drawn” by the Father. Jesus continues, describing how those who listen and hear God come to Jesus. Jesus tells the people that no one has seen the Father except the One who has come from the Father. Later in the gospel, Jesus will tell Philip and the other disciples that to see him (Jesus) is to have seen the Father (14:9).
Second, after he speaks of the Father, Jesus makes the profound statement that he is the bread of life and connects that point to the Exodus story. Manna, in the Exodus wilderness journey, provides necessary food for the survival of God’s people. Jesus proclaims that those who ate the manna died and those who partake of the bread of life that is given from heaven will have eternal life.
· How do you react to the rather abrupt ending of this gospel passage?
· Does this passage make you want to hear more about Jesus’ relationship with the Father and the bread of life?
· As a Christian, how might you explain Jesus’ special relationship with the Father and his being the Bread of Life?
Paul White, Sermons that Work.