Jesus, the bread of life, the bread of heaven, wants to feed us. His food is for our spirits. Jesus desires to pour into our hearts both to fill us with His joy and to sustain us in the hard days we all face.
The crowd in the story today is almost the same crowd who ate of the fishes and loaves the day before. They have been physically fed by a miraculous work of Jesus and they are back wanting more. Like us sometimes, they ask, “What must we do?” But Jesus has no requirements. There is no ticket to punch. He simply wants to give us the bread of life. Out of His great love for us, the gift of life is offered to all.
Jesus simply invites us into His presence to be fed. We can ‘fill up’ in many ways – in worship, in prayer, in praise, in study. At the table of the Lord we are fed. His spirit and presence fill us up. Oddly enough, over time we come to the place of desiring to offer our thanks. The ‘must’ becomes ‘can’ as we ask, “What can we do?” As we are filled we come to want to share the bread of life with others through word, acts of mercy, and acts of kindness.This is our grateful response to Christ’s great love being poured into us.
As we ourselves continue to come to the bread of life, we grow to become more and more like Christ. Out of His great love for us we are led to love others more. In our churches, in our places of work or school, in our social settings, in or homes we will have opportunities to lead others to the table of our Lord. This invitation is one of the greatest offers we can offer another. This day may we find one who is lost and bring them to the table.
Scripture reference: John 6: 24-35