Gospel Sunday in Ordinary Time Week XVIII. Cycle B. August 5, 2012.
† From the Gospel according to John (6, 24-35)
Glory to you, Lord.
At that time, when people saw that in that part of the lake were not Jesus nor his disciples, they embarked and went to Capernaum to look for Jesus.
When found on the other side of the lake, they asked:
“Teacher, when you get here?”
“I assure you I have seen are looking for miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for food that endures for eternal life and give them the Son of man, for on Him, God the Father has set his seal. ”
“What we need to carry out the works of God?”
“God’s work that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Then people asked Jesus:
“What sign are you going to do you, to believe you can see it and what are your works? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven. ”
“I assure you it was not Moses who gave them bread from heaven, but my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. ”
Then he said:
“Lord, give us this bread always.”
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never hunger and he that believeth in me shall never thirst. “
Word of the Lord.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus.
Today’s Gospel of John, the bread of life discourse, unfolds in three successive logical statements, and the first to present this text is the real or true “bread from heaven” is not the manna given by Moses once Contrary to what people thought (31). It is literally the bread that came down from heaven. God, not Moses, who gives this bread (v. 32). Jesus has made signs to reveal the meaning of person (last Sunday), but people have understood only in the line of their material needs (6,26.12). Jesus wanted to bring to the understanding of his person, because only through faith can understand who he is and only then can be donated to them as food: but to do this you need to work or seek for a food and a life not are completed and that are gifts of the Son of man (v.27). The Jews immediately think works (v.28, Rm 9.31 to 32), but Jesus replies that only a work must meet: to believe in him (v. 29, Rom 3.28), recognize their need for it, as have need of food material. Considering the large demand of Jesus is what they ask for a demonstration of making a sign that says that at least compare with those made by Moses (vv. 30-31), for those that just made (6.2 ) are not considered sufficient. Jesus replies that it is more than Moses, for in him (Christ) is made the gift of God that does not perish. Your bread can be collected (6.13), the manna rotted (Ex 16:20).
“I am the bread of life” is a formula of extraordinary strength, similar to those which only could be attributed to Jesus: “I am the light of the world” “I am the good shepherd” who comes to Jesus will not hunger or thirst, no need for other sources of joy to satiate their desires and aspirations. Jesus is the source of balance and joy, a source of tranquility and peace. Jesus is the foundation of the donation and the life that God makes the human being. In Jesus Christ, God is completely in favor of human beings, so that he opens his vital communion, salvation and love, and to an extent that God wants to be next to the human being who is given and communicates without reserve. In communion with the developer-Christ calms both hunger and thirst for life that stir the human being.