[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
The second reading offers a lengthy discussion of the relationship between Jesus and bread -- an important matter given the sacrament of Communion. It begins with Jesus feeding the 5000, blessing small loaves to become sufficient for the crowd. Then, when people come to him the next day, hoping that he will feed them again, Jesus teaches about the difference between earthly bread and spiritual bread. God has given both types of bread -- there was manna in the wilderness that sustained the Hebrews. Now, Jesus is a spiritual bread which sustains the believers through eternity. Again, though, if the people cannot see the existence of spiritual bread, they cannot believe the promise of eternal life.
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If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read John 5-8 today.