Jesus The Bread of Life
Reflection on the Gospel of the Wednesday
In The Third Week Of Easter
“This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
This line alludes also to the Bronze Serpent incident in Israel’s 40 year Exodus through the Desert. In this incident, the people started complaining and got caught in an infestation of poisonous snakes. They were in a negative place in terms of mindset and were not ready to believe and trust God. At this moment, God instructed Moses to make a Bronze serpent and mount it on pole, in the middle of the Israelite Camp. If anyone bitten by the snakes would look up to this bronze serpent, and believe in the healing power of God, were cured. Jesus here is presenting himself as the source of salvation for all mankind. We are called to look at his crucified self, and also look beyond at the resurrection, and believe. Believe that we too have hope, that we are saved, surrender to the reassurance God promises us, and stop being anxious and also worry. Both these actions are a way of saying, God I am not so sure about you, let me deal with things myself.
This passage also has Jesus telling us that he is our provider and sustainer. Why then worry and go about anxious, for we cannot change one single thing by either action. Rather let us believe and trust God.