Read it through slowly once, take a deep breath, then read it once more.
Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’
John Calvin, an important theologian for Presbyterians, wrote this about Jesus’ use of the metaphor, bread:
Consider: What, if anything, in your day-to-day routine would change, if you began each day with a prayer of gratitude that Jesus was both the giver and the nourishment of your life?
God of all good gifts, we are grateful for the gift of your Son, Jesus. When we hear Jesus say, “I am the Bread of Life,” may our lives be filled with the energy and creativity to live as Jesus would have us live: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. All this we pray in the name of the one who gives us life and who supports us along the way, AMEN.
Go out into God’s world in peace.
Hold onto what is good.
Return to no one evil for evil.
Strengthen the fainthearted.
Support the weak.
Help the suffering.
Honor all people.
Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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