Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Family Bible Study - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
John 6:24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they
themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he
has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be
hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Questions for discussion:
1) Jesus said to the crowd that they were following him not because they
believed in Him as God but because they thought they could get a free meal
from him. Sometimes people follow Jesus not because he’s God, but because
they want a miracle, they want him to do favors for them. Has there ever been a time that you've treated Jesus this way?

2) Jesus tell us not to work for the food that perishes, but for the food that
endures for eternal life. What is this food?

3) Jesus said, “I am the bread of life?” What does this mean?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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