Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Thought for the week of 1st August 2021

31 Jul 2021, 1:31 p.m.

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. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”      John 6 : 31 – 34

Bible reading : John 6 : 24 - 35

Thought for the week

In our Gospel reading people are following Jesus, even chasing after Him, following the miracle of His feeding the crowd. They come searching, wanting more, questioning, wondering what happens now.

In many ways these days of the Pandemic are the same. Every day there are a new set of questions, challenges, speculating about what happens next, people looking for hope, looking for action and answers.

Jesus meets the crowd’s searching with a simple few words. To look to the One sent by the Father, and believe.

Jesus tells the people to lay aside their assumptions, their expectations from the past, their limited vision that leads them into blind corners and hopelessness. They are looking for bread, however spiritual (like the manna given to the Israelites in the desert). Jesus tells them, He is the bread of Life.

In these days we are called to believe. To listen to Jesus, to follow, to pray and to allow Him to sustain us, lead us, grow us as people of faith.

Praise be that we have Jesus. He calls us to trust in Him for each day, and allow His love to sustain us and lead us. 

Rev Paul

Prayer for today

Almighty God,

who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church:

open our hearts to the riches of your grace,

that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

Amen.

Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day,

and make her holy, strong and faithful,

for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.