Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 30 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalms 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
A reflection on today's Scripture:
At the time that Jesus was teaching here on earth, trying to obtain enough food just to get by was a very difficult task. Unlike today, there were no supermarkets stacked to the ceiling with food. Many people were herders or farmers or fishermen who lived just barely above the subsistence level and many faced starvation in times of drought or famine.
When Jesus spoke about being the "Bread of Life," this must have been difficult for the masses to understand. Their basic needs were barely being met and they expected a messiah who would be a conqueror of the world and make their lives easier. Instead, they received a conqueror of the spiritual world whose bread gave them eternal life. When Jesus fed the masses by multiplying the loaves and fishes, the people wanted to make Him king as He was meeting their basic needs with those miracles. But He was there to be a different kind of King.
Today we take food for granted. We live far above the level of subsistence. But we're still starving for the bread that only God can give. Like the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, we are blessed that God's bread is abundant and here for our taking.
- Don Claunch, SFO
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