Today is an invitation to reflect on the “Bread of Life” and Living Word.
One of my favorite stories of the New Testament is in the Book of John. On the third appearance of Jesus to His apostles after His resurrection, Jesus was on the shore and the Apostles were on a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. They did not recognize Jesus until He instructed them to put down the net to gather fish. They returned to shore with an abundant catch and Jesus invites them to have breakfast, giving them the bread and fish.
When I read this story, I see the care Jesus has for disciples and His concern they would eat. And also, importantly, the Apostles do not recognize Jesus until He asks them to put down their nets and catch fish. In the same way, if we do not cast our net and seek nourishment from the Living Word, we will not see Jesus at work in our lives.
Scripture for Reflection
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. – Deuteronomy 8:3 (ESV)
“Give us this day our daily bread…” -Matthew 6:11 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1-5 (ESV)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. – John 6: 36-36 (ESV)
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. ” – Luke 22:19 (ESV)
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. -John 21:1-8 (ESV)
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. -John 21:12-14 (ESV)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by[him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. -Colossians 1:15-16 (ESV)