Wednesday, April 1st

“Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.  Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”  Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”  So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?  Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”  Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  John 6:26-33

 

A little flour, a little water (both required).  A little salt, a little yeast (both optional).  Mix.  Bake.  Bread.

 

We pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Martin Luther, in his explanation of this part of the Lord’s Prayer, said that daily bread is more than the food on our plate.  He said it included such gifts as home and family, daily work, favorable weather, good government…all that is needful for a good life.  He was on to something there.

 

If you were fortunate enough to grow up within sight of amber waves of grain, you know something about the process of seed, water and sunlight becoming the fluffy stuff in the plastic bags.  Many many hands play a role in the process.  Many different prayers are said along the way.  People working together, doing their part, getting fed along the way.

 

We need our daily bread.  Much of our lives has to do with the creation, acquisition, distribution and management of daily bread.  We’re always looking for ways to do it better, faster, more efficiently.

 

The crowds followed Jesus because he gave them bread.  People will do just about anything when they are hungry.  But hunger is hardly our problem.

 

Our problem isn’t hunger – it is recognizing the difference between the bread which satisfies and the junk food which coats our arterial walls.  It is recognizing the signs of health and pseudo spiritual-obesity.

 

I believe Jesus healed blind people as a sign that Jesus is interested in helping people see.  Really see.  To see beyond the apparent to the real.  To see the connections between the signs which point to the presence of God.

 

Our daily bread is such a sign.  God gives us a little flour and water.  We make “Cookie Crisp.”  Life is complicated but we make it far more complicated than it needs to be.

 

The crowds followed Jesus because he gave them bread.  Had they eyes to see beyond a fast food meal, they would have seen that in giving them bread, he was giving them himself.  Daily bread that endures to eternal life.

 

Let us pray: Gracious Lord, give us this day our daily bread.  And give us eyes to see all the ways which you feed us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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