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I am the Bread of Life
Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20,24; John 6:24-35

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:35

A famous comedian -1 celebrated his ninety-first birthday at a party attended by a large group of relatives, friends and news reporters. During an interview, the first question asked was “Why do you think you have lived to such a wonderful old age?” Without missing a beat, the comedian replied, “Breathing!”

Some people don't want to get old. Some people don't want to die. But you've got to do one or the other.

Some people want to worship the one true God. Some people want to worship false gods. So whether you realize it or not, you've got to do one or the other.

"We are creating a lot of false idols. It troubles me about our society," wrote a journalist. "There have been cultures," he said, "and perhaps there still are somewhere in the world, in which philosophers and poets and great teachers are the stars of their civilization. Look at who the stars of our civilization are."

With some exceptions, of course, the real stars, the true greats of our civilization, don't get much notoriety. I'm talking about those persons whom Jesus identified as servants. "Anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave," He said to His disciples (Mk. 10:43-44).

When we take a good look at what's happening in our society and culture, it is easy to see that "servanthood" is not our number one qualification for stardom. What is it, then, that qualifies today's idols for stardom? For a one-word answer, try "money" or, as it is sometimes referred to "bread," or "dough." So, in that context, as we reflect on today's Gospel Lesson, isn't it supremely ironic to hear Jesus saying, "I am the Bread of Life" (John 6:35).

"No servant can be the slave of two masters," Jesus said. He will either hate the first and love the second or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave of both God and money" (Lk. 16:13). Jesus is telling us loud and clear:

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