After the crowd was feed by Jesus in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves (John 6:9-13) Jesus and His disciples went to Capernaum. After a day the crowd was hungry again and what happened in the multiplication of the loaves was still vivid in their minds. So they looked for Jesus hoping that He will feed them again and they found Him in Capernaum.
They said: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you (John 6:25-27).
It was very clear that the crowd was looking for Jesus because He feed them. They did not look for Him because they wanted to follow Him and be one of His disciples. The action of the crowd invites us also to look at ourselves and reflect on our desire to be with Him. Do we go to Jesus because of His miracles? Or do we go to Jesus because we love Him and we want to be His partner in His mission of evangelization? Often times we go to Jesus because we need something from Him. The ideal desire is we go to Jesus out of our love for Him.
In the latter part of the gospel Jesus told the crowd: “My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Here, Jesus was already talking about himself to the crowd for they were still not aware of His true identity.
Sad to say that some of us are not fully aware of the Divinity of Jesus, some are not fully aware of what transpire during the liturgy of the Eucharist especially in the Consecration. Some are not fully aware that they receive Jesus during Communion that they don’t even care to observe Eucharistic fasting. Talking from experience, I noticed that during communion there are those who receive Jesus as if they are receiving ordinary bread. If only they knew that what they’ve just received is the Bread of Life.
There is a great need for us to go to Jesus: not because we desire His miracles. We go to Him because of our love for Him and out of our desire to be His partner in His mission of evangelization. Because if we will take a closer look at our fellow Catholics we will notice that there are still a large number of them who needs to be taught of the real identity of Jesus. He who is our Bread of Life who came down from heaven.
Are you willing to respond?