After the stunning feeding of 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish, the crowd went in search of Jesus and found him in Capernaum. This was puzzling, for Jesus had walked on the water to the apostle's boat and was taken there. Jesus did not answer their question but replied instead, "You are searching for me because you ate the loaves and fishes."
Jesus wanted them to search for and desire his words and Presence as the food of everlasting life. They responded by asking for a sign to believe that he is of God. Feeding the 5,000 seemed not enough and they wanted more.
How often do we see God’s marvelous works around us: the summer greenness, cumulous clouds in their so stunning imagery, the kindness shown to another person, or a summer flower in her bright colors. We can so easily miss God’s manifestations.
Since the people hungered for more of the bread he fed them, he moves to the bread that his Father is giving them. “My Father gives you the true bread from heaven….for this bread gives life to the world.” Their response is, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus replies, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
This had to be a stunning revelation that stretched what they had just heard. Yet this saying has been passed on down to us through believing centuries and we are comforted knowing Jesus feeds us in the Eucharist and gives us the promise of eternal life. Jesus also draws us all together into a holy communion of brothers and sisters. His words in Scripture continue to feed us the fullness of living in truth, love and compassion. Yes, we too can say, “Give us this bread always,” and “Thank you”.