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A Risky Business

I Myself am the Bread of Life
John 6:24-35

Sermon Topic Bread of Life

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:35


Sometimes Jesus is called "The Second Moses." The idea is that, while the first law came from God through Moses, the more perfect law has been given to us by Jesus. Whatever truth there may be in the title "The Second Moses," it is also very misleading. In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is trying to draw people away from their fixation on Moses and point them toward the Father who is the Source of everything good. "It was not Moses who gave you bread from the heavens; it is My Father who gives you the real heavenly bread" (Jn.6:32). And then these extraordinary words: "I Myself am the Bread of Life" (Jn.6:35). To understand what this dramatic shift means, we must, as we read in Paul's letter to the Ephesians, "lay aside our former way of life and the old self... and acquire a fresh, spiritual way of thinking" (Eph.4:22-23). Religion-the wrong kind of religion-can, in Paul's words, be part of that "old self which deteriorates through illusion and desire" (Eph.4:22).

At the beginning of his Gospel, John writes, "The law was given through Moses. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (Jn. l :17). Religion can be either religion of law or religion of Grace and Truth. In fact, the distinction between law, on the one hand, and Grace and Truth, on the other, runs through every facet of human living. Many people think, for example, that there are just two kinds of children: good children and bad children. Good children do what they are told and bad children give their parents trouble. But we know, or should know, that this is not necessarily so. Often the so-called "good child" is unhealthy-emotionally and mentally repressed, too dependent upon authorities, unable or afraid to think for himself. The "bad child" on the other hand may possess an independence of spirit that comes out, in his parents eyes, as stubbornness. Especially as he enters the teen years he will be experimenting, finding out what he is able to do and also his limitations-in short, discovering himself as a person. This may [...]

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