Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Bread of Life

It certainly is interesting how the evangelist John covers so many of the selfsame teachings as the synoptics, but with a distinctive twist. Between yesterday's passage and today's from the Bread of Life discourse (John 6: the whole long chapter!), we are reminded that "man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God"--and the Johannine twist is that Jesus himself is that "Word" who becomes real, living bread, so vital for us that (as we'll hear in a later passage) unless we eat this bread, we have no life at all! For John, man does live on bread alone: it's only a question of "which" bread you are talking about.

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