- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 6
“I am the living bread of Life.”
John recorded two miracle stories of Jesus to witness that Jesus Christ is God; feeding five thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two fish and walking on the water.
Being fed by Jesus, the crowd was looking for Jesus, and Jesus taught them to work for food that endures to eternal life. What kind of food is this?
It is Jesus himself. Jesus reminded them of manna that their ancestors ate at the desert for forty years during their journey to the promised land. As the manna was sent by God, so is true bread sent by God, the bread of God, for the world can have life. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (v.35). “I am the bread of life.” (v48). Jesus indicated that his body and blood is sacramental food giving life eternally (v.55-56)
It is spiritual food that gives life. (v.63). One of the reason that early Christians were persecuted by Roman authority was misunderstanding of Jesus’ teaching of eating his body and drinking his blood. It was a metaphor of Jesus body and blood as the source of life-giving, life saving food.
The work of God is for the world to believe in Jesus, eating the bread of life, and to have eternal life. Therefore, our response is, “Lord, you have the words of eternal life. To whom shall we go?” (v.68). In him, there is life, eternal life. Believing in him is to have the life.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.