John 6:30-35 Reflection:
Over the next few days the Church gives us the readings from John 6 for the gospel. This is the beautiful chapter on the discussion of Jesus with the disciples about the bread of life.
Some theologians hold that this chapter is not about the Eucharist but every time I read it I can’t help but think about the Mass.
The people begin the conversation by asking Jesus for a sign. They are a bit like us really; they want God to make it easy for them, showing us miracles and great portents that no one could deny. ‘If you would do this, Lord, then we would believe.’
Unfortunately Jesus does not work like that, either then or now. He replies to the people that it was not Moses who gave them the bread in the desert, the sign they accepted as Moses’ credibility, but his Father.
Then he goes on to say that he is the new bread of life, the bread that will never end, and if you come to him you will never be hungry.
Jesus is asking the people for faith, faith that he can do this miracle and provide us with spiritual food for our life’s journey.
But we must notice and understand that faith is the perquisite for understanding what Jesus is saying: ‘he who believes in me will never thirst.
What we have to realise is that while we are looking for signs we are still not believing.