Here we are at the beginning of August and it will be no time until the schools go back at the start of September. Over the past months all of us have come through a lot journeying along with the COVID 19 pandemic. Sadly many people have lost much loved family members and as we get back to normality such as it is we remember all those who have been affected.
Our Gospel reading this weekend has as its focus Food that is food for the body that is bread and food for the soul that is Jesus the Bread of life. Jesus tells the people that they are only following him because they have enjoyed the food that physically satisfies them; they should work, he says, for the food that endures that will bring them to eternal life. The one thing which earns this food is believing that Jesus is the one God has sent.
The Galileans promptly ask Jesus for a sign to aid their belief in him – a sign like the manna their fathers ate in the desert. Jesus points out that it was God, not Moses, who supplied the manna, he compares himself to the God who now gives bread from heaven. Jesus declares that he himself is the bread of life, the bread come down from heaven. Whoever believes in him will never be hungry. The promise that Jesus held out to the Galileans is one that is held out to us today. It is a promise fulfilled in the Eucharist. If there is one thing we all share it is the same hunger. We hunger for a love that does not disappoint; we hunger for a word that does not fade away; we hunger for bread that does not fail to satisfy. Yet there are so many people in our world who suffer from physical hunger as many do not even have a wee bit of bread to eat or water to drink.
Also there is a great spiritual hunger, there are many people out there who have lost their faith and there are also many people searching for faith who have yet to find it. I think that need to be the bread of life for all those who are out there who have lost the faith or those who are searching. It means being the light of Christ showing that God the Father has sent Jesus from heaven to be our food, our strength, our hope, and our joy in living. Nothing else in life can surpass this Bread of Life given freely and freely accepted by those who choose to accept this great gift of God.