Today’s Gospel takes place the day after the events we heard about last Sunday. Last Sunday we heard about the multiplication of loaves. In today’s Gospel the people who had been fed search for Jesus. They really don’t want Him. They want free food. Jesus uses this as an opportunity to speak about the food that really matters,the Bread of Life that God provides. He tells them about a gift of food that they knew very well, the manna in the desert during the time of Moses. This was seen as the greatest gift of God. It was His daily testimony of His love and care for His People until they arrived at the Holy Place He would give them. Jesus mentions that they ate the manna, but they were st
ill hungry. Jesus would provide food that would not leave them hungry, the Bread of Life.
So we come befor ethe Lord this and every sunday or perhaps for some of us, every day, and we say to the Lord, “Feed me.” Bue do we really want to be fed? The food that God gives demands a total commitment to Him. It is called the Bread of Life. We often, rightly so focus on the “bread” part as we discuss the Eucharist. It is the “life” part that we need to consider today. Receiving this bread is a commitment ot the life. When we go to communion we are bound by the Presence within us to live His Life in a way that gives evidence of His Life in the world. For the committed Catholic, religion is not a sometimes affair, not a once a week happening. For us religion meand being bound to Christ. The very work religion comes from the Latin word ligare which means to be bound. Our faith is who we are, people bound ot Christ.
Our lives as members of this community should always reflect the faith we profess and the hope we have in the Son of God. As we continue our journey of faith and receive the Bread of Life, may we today and always find favor before God and find favor before man. Amen.