Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. John 6:11 NABRE
John the Evangelist tells of the multiplication of the loaves, a story that exists in each of the four gospel writings. John has some differences from the others as John seems to want to tie this feeding; of bread and fish to over five thousand, to the miracle of manna in the desert provided by God after Moses’ prayer (Exodus 16:16-24.) John also points out the nearness to Passover in which this miracle occurs and we might even see a connection to Psalm 23 when Jesus has the people recline, “In green pastures he makes me lie down;” (verse 2.) The heart of the miracle of course is Jesus taking bread, blessing the bread, breaking the bread and giving it to those reclining. John does not write of Jesus giving bread and wine at the final meal He attends with His disciples and so this chapter is viewed as Jesus teaching on Eucharist in John. In giving of bread to those reclining, John is the only gospel writer who does not mention the disciples, it is Jesus alone giving the bread, much like the final meal Jesus attends with his disciples before His Passion. This bread is not called the body of Christ but certainly connecting bread with the body of Christ is consistent with Jesus message. In this scene the body of Christ is full with all those present. However those in attendance are clearly not devout, as we read they followed Jesus because of the signs He performed on the sick.
We are the body of Christ, chosen, blessed, broken and given, Jesus teaches this over and over again. We should claim our choseness and give ourselves to others particularly in our brokenness.
Do you realize you are the body of Christ? Can you share yourself even when you are vulnerable and broken?We are the body of Christ, chosen, blessed, broken and given, Jesus teaches this over and over again. We should claim our choseness and give ourselves to others particularly in our brokenness. Click To Tweet
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