August 4, 2012

18th Sunday - B

John 6: 24-35

Does God Fit My Mold?

John points out quite clearly that the people have their own ideas and expectations for Jesus.  It is also clear that Jesus does not fit their mold.

After witnessing and benefiting from Jesus' miraculous multiplication of the bread and fish (last week's Gospel reading), yet they ask him, "When did you get here?"  How could they ask such "a meaningless question"? [1]  It seems to show their limitations.  They cannot see beyond their horizons.

For them, Jesus is no more than a miracle worker or a magician.  Out of curiosity, they want to know him on their own terms.  

Worse, they want Jesus to fit their mold, "What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do?"  Haven't they witnessed his power already?  Yes, they have, but it's not their idea.

In the same manner, they want it their way, "Sir, give us this bread always."  They want more of the bread that they had so easily, without work.

Jesus, on the contrary, asks them to receive the bread from heaven, which involves "accomplishing the works of God."

Do I try to fit God in my mold?

[1] Francis J. Moloney, This is the Gospel of the Lord - Year B.  Homebush, NSW, Australia: St. Paul Publications,1993; p. 170.

No comments: