Do you remember the ‘Sunday Scripture’ segment I used to do on my blog? I love reflecting on the week’s readings and sharing it with you all. Today’s post is an updated version of that! I’m talking about this past week’s readings from Mass (although I did film this video on Sunday!), which focused on the principle of Jesus as the ‘Bread of Life’.
FIRST READING: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
GOSPEL: John 6:24-35
As Christians, it’s easy to let some of these basic values lose meaning when we hear them so often. These readings struck me, and I heard them in a whole new way! It’s so interesting to learn about the person of Jesus and the many names He takes throughout the Bible: Bread of Life, Son of God, Lamb of God, etc.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus is called the Bread of Life?
I have! It’s one of those things you hear and know, but don’t really know, ya know? I love how the same problems, of Moses’s people wondering what they would eat, resounds through the Gospel to the time of Jesus, and even to today’s age (which is why I love Matthew 6:25-34)! The people first look to Moses, and then to Jesus, as their ‘earthly’ leaders to provide bread for them. Jesus even reminds the people that it wasn’t Moses (or leaders of this world) that provide that sustenance, but only God.
I invite you to watch the video to see how these ideas relate so closely, and why I think it’s so beautiful that we have Jesus as our life-giving bread.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m the busy-busy type, and I’m so easily caught in looking to find fulfillment through success or working hard. But at the end of the day, no matter what we do, we can always focus our lives back on God, as He is always so focused on us. I don’t have to be perfect for Him to love me.
The ‘shiny’ or ‘sweet’ things of this world may bring temporary fulfillment, but we can’t survive on a strict diet of chocolate chip cookies, unfortunately! In comparison to God’s great-big-ever-giving-love, everything else crumbles (ha!) in comparison.
Like I said, it really is so difficult to articulate just how much these readings hit me, and just how great God’s love is! It’s not possible to sum it up. I hope this post and video can help bring a little bit of light and love of the Word to your life today!
Thanks for reading and for sharing this scripture with me! Blessings always.