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Liturgical day: Sunday 18th (B) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Jn 6,24-35): Jesus said to them, «I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty». When people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, «Master, when did you come here?». Jesus answered, «Truly, I say to you, you look for me, not because you have seen through the signs, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for he is the one the Father has marked».

Then the Jews asked him, «What shall we do? What are the works that God wants us to do?». And Jesus answered them, «The work God wants is this: that you believe in the One whom God has sent». They then said, «Show us miraculous signs, that we may see and believe you. What sign do you perform? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert; as Scripture says: ‘They were given bread from heaven to eat’». Jesus then said to them, «Truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven. My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. The bread God gives is the One who comes from heaven and gives life to the world». And they said to him, «Give us this bread always». Jesus said to them, «I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus opens the Jews’ eyes. They were proud because Moses made bread rain from heaven to feed them in the Sinai desert. But Jesus reminds them that, in reality, it was His Father who “gave” them that bread. Moreover, that “rain of bread” continues: it is Jesus himself! He certainly has come down from heaven, sent by God.

—God, through His son Jesus, has become delicate bread in order to be divided and shared among all of us. Open your eyes!