Old Testament: Jeremiah 22:13-23
Morning Psalms: Psalms 69
New Testament: Romans 8:12-27
Gospel: John 6:41-51
Evening Psalms: Psalms 73
“I am the bread of life.”
One day recently I looked up into the branches of a winter-bare tree. Perched on the very top was a small bird, surveying his world. It was all so beautiful, the bare branches, the beauty of the bird. A feeling of sympathy suddenly struck me: here was a small world of beauty (the bird weighed so little that the twig on which he was perched did not bend down!), and no one would particularly see or care about it -- but God does. The little bird may have a short unnoticed life span, but God meets its needs and watches over it. God notices.
Jesus says in the Gospel today that He is the bread of life. He ties it to a reminder of God's caring from the history of His Jewish listeners, providing them with manna in the desert. Jesus said the manna was a miracle of God's caring, but that a greater miracle had come. Manna was a food that only satisfied temporarily, but that He, as the bread of life, offered eternal life.
Having bread, or the feeling of being full, is deeply satisfying in a physical sense. Jesus, with His talk of manna and bread, knows this and reassures that He satisfies.
Jesus, thank you for caring for me, and for satisfying my needs in every way.