Wednesday 8 July 2015

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, year ’B’ 18e dimanche du Temps Ordinaire, année ’B’

Ex.16,2-4, 12-15 Ps.77 Ep. 4,17.20-24 Jn.6,24-35

18th SUNDAY of Ordinary Time, year ’B’

“So they said to Him, What sign will you yourself do, the sight of which will make us believe in you? What work will you do?”

“When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed into Capernaum to look for Jesus. when they found him on the other side, they said to him, ’Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered, ’In all truth I tell you, you are looking for me not because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat. Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, for on Him, God the Father, has set his seal.” Jesus has just nourished five thousand people in the desert with five loaves of barley and he wants to revel to us who he is : the One sent from God, the Son of God. The witnesses of the sign of the multiplication of the loaves ask for another sign “It is a prodigious dual in which life and death must affront. The Prince of life dies, Alive, He gives life for ever more.” Here in fact is the true sign announced by the multiplication of the loaves : Jesus Himself. The more we move forward in the knowledge of the mystery of the Bread of Life, the more we ask for humility. The Pasion of Jesus is given to heal us, and have us conquer our combats. Jesus, Bread of Life, is given to us so as to go through trials and remain in the victory of his Love. Jesus is the Bread from God who comes down from Heaven and who gives Life to the world.

"Then they said to him, ’What must we do if we are to carry out God’s work?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ’ This is carrying out God’s work : you must believe in the one He has sent. So they said, ’What sign will you yourself do, the sight of which will make us believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers ate manna in the desert ; as scripture says : ’He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus answered them, ’In all truth I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you

the bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is the bread which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ “Some people, without contesting the healings done by him, refuse to make any act of faith in the person of Jesus and Jesus tells them clearly : ’You seek me, not because you saw and believed in the signs I did, but because you ate of your fill of the bread.’ I am the Bread of Life’, says Jesus. In gentleness and humility, Jesus positions himself as the Bread of God, the true Bread, come down from Heaven to give Life to the world.On the eve of his Passion, Jesus took the bread and wine. He blessed his Father and manifested to us how He will transform the sorrowful events of his Passion into the Glory of His Resurrection. The Eucharist situates and announces the great combat in which we are engaged. In God, in Jesus’ humanity, there is the Link of Infinite Love that has been established for ever. This new, eternal covenant tells the world how much God is Love, how he is a Father full of tenderness and goodness.”Jesus answered them : ’In all truth I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is the bread which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ ’Lord, ’they said, ’give us that bread always. Jesus answered them, ’ I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst.’ They answered,’ Lord give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered them, ’I am the Bread of Life, no one who comes to me will ever hunger; one who believes in me will ever thirst.’ "

To believe is ’God’s work’, it is to submit oneself to God’s work, entering into the work he accomplishes through Jesus. But, we are slow to trust and we always keep in our hearts a suspicion concerning things that come from God. The bread of God, the one alone who can give life to the world is me, says Jesus. We adhere to his Person when we eat eat the Bread of Life. When we receive the Eucharist, we receive this hidden Presence of God, the all-powerful Infinite Love of God. It is given to us so that we form ’body’ with Him, adhering to his Person. So we can join Him in the combat for Truth, by conquering over the forces of darkness and

death. Jesus comes to the heart of our lives through this Bread of Life in the power of his Infinite Love. He comes to recreate all things, to regenerate everything. He gives us light and strength to follow his path and to continue his Life.

Let us ask for the grace to penetrate into the mystery of Jesus who is Bread of Life who saves us, so as to overcome all evil with Him, through Him and in Him.