Daily Lectionary Reading for Year A
Jesus is astute. He knows that some people follow him because they figure they will get something out of it. People choose to follow Jesus sometimes because they want to be successful, or rich, or popular, or to appear righteous. Some went looking for Jesus in this passage because he fed them and they were hoping he would fill them once again with bread. Or that he would provide more signs that would validate his legitimacy and make it worth their time to follow him. But Jesus knew that faith is not transactional. Following Jesus does not mean if I do ”this” for him he will do ”that” for me. Following Jesus means to love the world and build up goodness wherever you are and with whoever is around. People can only be truly filled with the bread that comes from God, the bread of heaven. This is the bread that gives life to the world. Take some time today to consider the words of Jesus. "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." What does it mean for you to follow the One who provides all you need to live a truly loving life? How does that kind of faith allow you to live and love others?