“22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” NRSV
Here, Jesus is repeating the lesson learned in his conversation with the woman at the well. Jesus offered to quench her thirst for all time with living water. She doubts him because he has no bucket. She was thinking H2O and Jesus was talking about the Spirit of God. This reading follows closely after Jesus fed the masses with two loaves and a few of fishes, demonstrating the power of God to meet all needs. But, the people row across the lake just to get another free filet-o-fish sandwich. Jesus and the people are talking about two very different kind of sustenance.
We would do well if we consciously worked to change our diets from the things that expand our waistlines toward the diet Jesus offers that will expand our hearts and minds.
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