Commentary on the Gospel of

Victoria Sanchez - School Teacher in Madrid

Commentary to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - "I am the Bread of Life

The people of Israel on their journey through the desert towards the freedom of the promised land went through many discomforts and complained bitterly about them.The difficulties and uncertainties of their pilgrimage were many, they longed for the poor securities they enjoyed in their life of slavery. In reality, they do not complain about Moses, they complain about God, and begin to doubt His promises. 

The Lord wants to teach the people of Israel to look at their history with faith. Thus being open to God's promises and surprises. Because all too often we prefer to cling to our poor securities rather than trust in God's promises.  With the manna as a prophetic announcement of a much more precious food, God assures us that He will always keep His promises and that He will never disappoint those who put their trust in Him.

We too, like most of those who ate the miraculous bread, are invited by Jesus to widen our horizons and seek first of all the bread that does not perish, the bread that Jesus identifies with his body, his person. 

Every time we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, we relive the baptism that has placed in our hearts the seed of the new person, who is not satisfied with material bread, and even less with the vulgar food of deceitful passions, but is nourished by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.

Thank you, Lord, for nourishing us with your presence on the path of life. Do not leave us alone, without you. 

(Psalm 77) The Lord gave them a heavenly bread. 



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