The Bread of Life

This is one of a series of short reflections that can be used by individuals or small groups. It may be worth considering keeping a journal to make notes as you use each reflection.

In this session we shall look at a passage that seems to be about the feeding of the 5,000 we discover that this is in fact a passage that speaks to us of how Jesus may feed us.

Settling in.
Spend a few moments to prepare to be open to receive from God during this reflection.
You may consider putting your phone on silent for a while. Light a candle. Get comfortable.

Opening worship

Listen to this song:

Read through this reflection:

When I was a child, I gave him all I had.
He stood among hungry people who needed food.
And I believed that he knew how to make the food go round.

Now that I am an adult,I have much more to share.
But, though the crowds are still hungry,
I am reluctant to give him what I have.

Lord, when today I see the faces of those who long for food and justice,
When I hear their cry,
Make me generous as when I was a child.

The Lord is here: His Spirit is with us

Bible Study

Read John 6:1-15

It is very easy to get sidetracked into trying to figure out how a miracle like this might have taken place. In doing that – it is easy to miss the point of the miracle!

So…take a moment on your own and consider what Jesus is trying to show in this miracle.

What does it show you about God?

Bible Study

Read John 6: 25-35

In John’s Gospel we move from Jesus feeding the crowd, to him telling his disciples that he is in fact the ‘bread of life’.

For Christians bread is a powerful symbol. In the Eucharist we share bread and wine to remind us of the body and blood of Christ.

Reflect on how you feel about receiving the bread in the Eucharist – what does it mean for you?

What do you think you are doing when you receive bread and wine?

  • Closing Worship

Light a candle and prepare a table.

Place a piece of bread on the table.

Read:
See this bread? People sweat to give us this.

It reminds us that we depend on each other. It’s because we still haven’t learned to share bread that people starve. From now on this is Christ’s body… take it and eat it, each one of you.

Eat the bread

Listen to this song:

HERE IS BREAD, here is wine,

Christ is with us – He is with us;

Break the bread, drink the wine –

Christ is with us here.

Here is grace, here is peace,

Christ is with us – He is with us;

Know His grace, find His peace –

Feast on Jesus here.

In this bread there is healing,

In this cup there’s life forever;

In this moment, by the Spirit

Christ is with us here.

Here we are, joined in one,

Christ is with us – He is with us;

We’ll proclaim, till He comes –

Jesus crucified.

Say this prayer:

Lord,
we have broken your bread
and received your life.
By the power of your Spirit
keep us always in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

This is part of a series originally compiled by Bob Callaghan and Alison Spreadbridge for St Edm

Still figuring out what being a disciple might mean. Anglican priest and cyclist. One of the founders and editors of New Roots - partly as a way of hanging on in there!

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