Gospel Reflection - Feeding Faith
We are almost fifty years on from the first moon landing; yet as time goes by, the murmurings that it might never have happened gather momentum. “How could the flag be fluttering on an atmosphere free moon?” “How did the astronauts take such stunning photographs with apparent multiple light sources when their only light source was the sun?” It seems that when anyone makes an incredible claim, there will be those who seek to discredit it. It’s far easier to pick holes in an amazing claim than to support it. It’s good that we have questioning minds, but what if our questions lead us up a blind alley where we are suddenly incapable of belief.
Put yourself In Jesus’ shoes. You’ve worked inexplicable miracles, not least the feeding of five thousand with just five loaves and two fishes. Now you try to explain to the crowds that your miracle wasn’t just about feeding a bunch of hungry people, your miracle was a sign of your divinity. “I am the living bread, that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The people have a hard time believing your claim. Even though they’ve witnessed your great miracle, they mutter to each other. “Who’s he trying to kid … we knew his parents and we know where he’s from … how can he have come down from heaven?” Maybe the crowds were looking for more signs … more miracles! If we were in Jesus’ shoes we might have obliged with a few more miracles, but Jesus knows that this is not the answer. Instead, he makes us a promise. “I am the bread of life, anyone who eats this bread will live forever.” If we share in Christ’s Eucharist, our faith will be nourished and we will inherit everlasting life.