Bread of Life Discourse

August 8, 2021

The Bread of Life Discourse, found in Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John, and read in Ordinary Time Weeks 17 through 21 in year B, speaks to how Jesus will nourish us – “I am the bread of life sent down from heaven.” However, it doesn’t end there. It is revealed to us as a challenge or call. Scripture does not simply inform us. It inspires us and guides us; it points us toward holiness.

The Bread of Life Discourse calls us to feed one another. It reminds us: “As I have done, so shall you do.” We are called as Christians to care for others, to nourish them. We turn to Jesus, the bread of life, for nourishment, but that is only the first step. We must then feed others. All must be fed.

In order to feed others, we must explore and embrace our differences. Church cannot be defined by the limitations of a particular building. In other words, we are not feeding only our family, friends, and fellow parishioners.

Carrying out this call requires that we move outside of our comfort zone. Pope Francis told us recently that if we are truly to make disciples of all men, we must “stop fishing in our own aquarium.”

Make your prayer today one of inquiry: “How would you have me serve others, Lord? How can I best feed them.”

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