Pastor’s Daily Reflection – April 29, 2020

Gospel of John 6:35-40

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; 39 and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

In short, Jesus is the journey, and he is the journey’s end.  Going to Jesus means believing in him, for it is through faith that we approach the Lord.  Jesus uses metaphors of food and drink to show that only he can fulfill our noblest aspirations.  He is the spiritual food that provides a solution for all our anxieties, calms our minds, and fills our hearts with hope.  

Jesus is the one sent to us by the Father.   He, therefore, is the bread that feeds and sustains our souls.  Since Jesus is the one sent by the Father, the bread of life come down from Heaven to give experience to the world, everyone who believes in him has eternal life, for it is God’s will that everyone should be saved through Jesus Christ.  These words contain three mysteries.  1) Having faith in Jesus which means going to Jesus and accepting his signs and miracles and his words.  2) The secret of the resurrection of believers which begins in this life through faith and finds fulfillment in Heaven.  3) The mystery of Divine Providence, the will of our Father in Heaven that all be saved.  

St. Augustine offered these thoughts on this passage.  “Humbly am I come, to teach humility am I come, as the master of humility am I come; he who comes to me is incorporated in me; he who comes to me becomes humble; he who cleaves to me will be humble, for hs does not do his will but God’s.”