We enter the 18th Ordinary Sunday and we are invited to discover not only all that Jesus and his word can bring us, but also to discover the Person, 'JESUS', the bread that came down from heaven, the Bread of Life. In today's Gospel we are after the multiplication of the loaves, and especially immediately after finding Jesus walking on the water. This context is important for us to better understand the message that Jesus wants to share with us.
You seek me because you have eaten, you have seen my miracles, and you want to associate. Jesus is not against this association, but the purpose of this association is disturbing, because they remain in the peripheries, purely carnal, without wanting to penetrate to the depth of the PERSON, Christ. Many of us are looking for the same Jesus, the power, the miracle maker, giver and healer as these people. This is why, faced with illness, family or social breakdown, we distance ourselves from the faith, we even refuse to enter the church, because we find this Jesus is not efficient in these moments of life. We would like to remain like the faithful customers in the shop, choosing what is good for us and rejecting anything inconvenient. Our faith is conditioned by all that God brings us, than God Himself. We don’t search God, rather what God can give us. In truth, we are a chosen generation, called, consecrated and sent.
Since we are a covenant people, Jesus presents himself as the new Adam, the new Moses, who establishes a new covenant through His body and blood. It was not Moses who gave you this bread, but I, my Father. Jesus tells us that this covenant is himself. Indeed, he is with us, it is already a covenant made, for in the whole covenant God has promised his presence and his faithfulness to his promise. I will always be with you.
Therefore, all of Jesus' activities are divine works, including the multiplication of the loaves. This is why the multiplication of the loaves should never be seen as carnal food, because this gesture is already a prelude to the establishment of the Eucharist, the broken bread, the shed blood, a divine tear. He took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke it and gave it to his disciples to remember. If the world is still looking for a higher sign than of the establishment of the Eucharist, a higher sign of an offering made on the Cross, it will have given nothing.
Believing in Jesus is not an intellectual work by looking at the signs or miracles seen or glimpsed. Faith is a gift that God willingly offers to each of us, even if we are not worthy of it. This faith helps us to recognise the signs that God gives us daily and the miracles of each day. What must we do to have this faith? "What must we do to do the works of God? ........ "The work of God is that you believe in the one he has sent. Jesus tells us that we will learn to ride a bicycle by riding a bicycle. We have no choice but to believe.
John, in the mouth of the Lord, puts this phrase: "Amen, Amen, I say to you." This phrase has exactly the same function as the very usual formula of the prophets in the Old Testament, "the oracle of the Lord, or Thus says the Lord". We must therefore pay particular attention to everything that Jesus is going to say to us: "I am the Bread of Life. "In Deuteronomy 8:3, we read a very profound word that Jesus would take up as an answer to the devil who wanted to tempt him: "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. "As St Paul tells us in the second reading, we cannot act like others who do not have faith.
Let us be open, so that this Word may enter us and we ourselves become the living Word to the people God loves so much. If we allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit, we will say with Paul, it is not I who live, but the Lord who lives in me. When we are looking for the Lord, like Mary Magdalene, like the disciples of Emmaus, we can make mistakes in our discernment. The Word Himself will come to meet us and He will transform us. Search and your will find, knock and it will be opened for you. Amen.