April 5, 2011
Lessons: Psalm 97, 99, 100, 94, 95, Jeremiah 17:19-27, Romans 7:13-25,
John 6:27 Do not work for the food (bread) that perishes, but for the food (bread) that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.
The readings for today are dense with opportunities for Lenten reflection. First there is the 100th Psalm that reminds us “to be happy and thankful for everything.” Jeremiah reminds us “to keep the Sabbath Day Holy.” In the Epistle to the Romans, Paul reminds us to give “thanks to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
As a person who has always looked forward to the inspiration of good company and fulfillment by way of a good meal I can easily identify with the people who experience the miracle of the loaves and being fed by Jesus. However, they didn’t see the miracle as much as they enjoyed having the food. Just like the parable of the Samaritan woman at the well and Jesus’ offer of living water he tells the people in John’s story that they should not settle for the ‘bread that perishes’ but to seek for the ‘bread’ that endures for eternal life. I say to all of us to give thanks for “He who is the bread of life” and receive the bread that endures.