Gospel Reflections

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

John 6:24-35

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Josephine Threlfall

Published: August 02, 2015

Read John 6:24-35

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. Read More…

When Jesus had fed the large crowd of 5,000 people with the help of his disciples, the news must have travelled fast among the villagers in the district. They wanted to meet up with this kind and generous man who was able to provide the necessities of life; they wanted to hear also what he had to say. So many jumped into boats and crossed to Capernaum look for him. What was their real motive in looking for Jesus? Did they want to test him or to see what they could get out of him?

Jesus is aware of this and tells them that he knows they only followed him because they thought that he could provide people with food to nourish their bodies. They were probably less interested when he said “Do not labour for food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life.”

This reminds us of a similar story found in Exodus Chapter 16. The Israelites were travelling in the wilderness and couldn’t find food to keep themselves alive, but were sent Manna from Heaven. This sustained them until they reach the Promised Land. It was not provided by Moses but was sent from God. It prefigured something far greater than earthly food for their journey- the bread of eternal life in the Eucharist.

We might well ask with the disciples “What must we do to be doing the works of God?” The answer as we know is –HAVE FAITH - BELIEVE IN JESUS. This is a call to open our hearts to God in love and trust. It is an invitation to share in the Eucharist and to be nourished for our journey through life here and for eternity. By sharing in this meal we are also become sharers in the divine life of Christ; we enter a new relationship of love and service with all God’s people. We go in the strength of God’s love to reach out to all people- the sick, the healthy, poor and rich, marginalised, young and old, saints and sinners, all who have faith are welcome at the table of the lord.

What do I most hunger and thirst for in life?

Do I really wish to be nourished in the Eucharist so as to go out and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel?

Food for thought-

• “Now Christ’s body is yourselves, each of you with a part to play in the whole.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)

• “If one part of the body is in pain all other parts share in its pain.” (1 Corinthians 12:26)


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