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How does the bread of life show itself?

In the Gospel today, Jesus struggles to help the people understand something each of us struggles at times to see: we are thinking too small, too immediate—lost in our daily minutia.

The crowd talks of bread and manna, earthly gifts given to their ancestors to satisfy their immediate hunger. Yet, Jesus tries to broaden their vision to see something bigger: it’s not about bread that satiates hunger, but about “the bread” which animates your very life. Then, Jesus offers himself, “I am the bread of life …”

Jesus calls the crowd to himself, to receive him and ultimately his mission as their “bread of life.” This gift is both a comfort and a challenge to us, because that which animates and gives us life should fundamentally show itself in everything we do, even in our daily minutia.

So, how does “the bread of life” show itself in your daily life?

—Colten Biro, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province in First Studies at Saint Louis University. He is a frequent contributor to The Jesuit Post.

 

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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How does the bread of life show itself?

In the Gospel today, Jesus struggles to help the people understand something each of us struggles at times to see: we are thinking too small, too immediate—lost in our daily minutia.

The crowd talks of bread and manna, earthly gifts given to their ancestors to satisfy their immediate hunger. Yet, Jesus tries to broaden their vision to see something bigger: it’s not about bread that satiates hunger, but about “the bread” which animates your very life. Then, Jesus offers himself, “I am the bread of life …”

Jesus calls the crowd to himself, to receive him and ultimately his mission as their “bread of life.” This gift is both a comfort and a challenge to us, because that which animates and gives us life should fundamentally show itself in everything we do, even in our daily minutia.

So, how does “the bread of life” show itself in your daily life?

—Colten Biro, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province in First Studies at Saint Louis University. He is a frequent contributor to The Jesuit Post.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!