Thursday 9 May 2019
Acts 8:26-40. Psalm 65(66):8-9, 16-17, 20. John 6:44-51.
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy – Psalm 65(66):8-9, 16-17, 20.
‘I am the living bread.’
What does it mean to say that Jesus is the ‘living bread’? First, it means that Jesus isn’t stale. The world hasn’t moved on from needing to hear the Gospel. The Good News is not old news – as stale as yesterday’s bread.
Jesus is the Living Bread because what it means to be truly human is the same now as it has always been. Human beings still yearn for love, acceptance, healing, compassion, forgiveness, community and justice. Every generation seeks out these same basic desires and needs, and every generation still gets it wrong one way or another.
The Living Bread of Christ is the faithful and sure way to be truly human. Every other way is a dead end. Christ is the way of life. Christ is the way to be authentically and genuinely human. Lord, show me your ways, and help me to walk in your paths.