Jesus talks about the bread of life

By Joe Sarnicola/Contributing writer / Catholic Courier    |    08.06.2003
Category: Kids Chronicle


Whenever a crowd gathered around Jesus, he tried to create an opportunity to teach the people about the kingdom of God. On this day, many people searched for Jesus in boats until they found him in Capernaum.
 
They asked him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert.”
 
“I am the bread of life. Your ancestors are the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.” A wave of murmuring moved through the crowd. The men and women wondered what Jesus meant. Was he a new manna sent by God? How would they eat this living bread Jesus talked about? There were others who were angered by what Jesus said. The Jewish leaders felt that he was trying to mock the laws of Moses.
 
One of them stood up. He pointed angrily at Jesus and said to the people, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
 
Jesus motioned for the people to quiet down and listen to him. He was not angry at his accuser. He smiled and said calmly, “Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”
 
The disciples and close followers who were with Jesus also had questions among themselves. One of them said to Jesus, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
 
Jesus said, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?” The disciples were embarrassed because Jesus knew they, too, had been complaining. They looked away from each other, and not one of them could look Jesus in the eyes.
 
“It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.” Then Jesus became more serious. “But there are some of you who do not believe.” When Jesus said this, some of his followers, the ones who did not believe, left and no longer traveled with him. Then Jesus said to his 12 closest disciples, “Do you also want to leave?”
 
Peter answered, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
 
READ MORE ABOUT IT:
 
John 6
 
Q&A
 
1. What food did Jesus compare himself to?
 
2. How did Peter answer the question Jesus asked him?

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