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sexta-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2015
A SERENDIPITY MIRACLE
Do not work for food that
but for food that endures to eternal life
John 6:27a (read 6.24-35) - NIV
Life is a pursuit. Everyone is searching
for something. At birth, our first quest is to fill our lungs with air. Our
second is to satisfy hunger, suckling at our mother’s breast. We also find the
milk of love and affection in our mother's arms as we slept calmly. We continue
our search for sustenance and security in love. The pursuit does not end as
long as we live.
The primitive pursuit for food and affection is simple,
but as time passes our life becomes more complex. Our world grows with us. New
dimensions open. Responsibility is imposed upon us in the form of internal and
external requirements. Insecurity comes in the form of the possibility of
failure and of physical danger. Relationships become more complex. It is easy
to lose sight of our scale of values and priorities. Life easily becomes just a
series of reactions to immediate situations instead of a long-term dream. Survival
takes precedence over quality of life.
But the search continues, sometimes confusing and can
lead to selfishness, exaggerated ambition, social indifference, corruption and
violence. With the absence of the spiritual dimension, people become
"greedy" for the material but are never satisfied and always wanting
The criticism that Jesus made of the crowd was that
people were looking only for the next meal, bread for the body, and forgetting
food for the spirit! Jesus never despised "daily bread". He put it as
legitimate prayer request along with forgiveness, which is the spiritual bread.
Without forgiveness, the daily bread can become "poison", not nourishment.
We do not always seek the right things. It is well
that God does not grant all of our requests. A good way for God to punish
mankind would be to give everything that is requested. That would be sure disaster.
Some people in the crowd, even while striving to
satisfy physical hunger, also found bread for the spirit. The New Testament is full
of such examples. The Samaritan woman went to the well to fetch water to quench
physical thirst but also found the “water of life”. The demon-possessed man at Gadarenes
saw Jesus as a threat but was freed from domination by evil spirits by him. The
cripple, who sought healing in the miraculous Bethesda tank, instead found
healing in Jesus. A crippled beggar at the entrance of the temple seeking only
alms found the restoration of his legs. Saul, who traveled to persecute the
followers of Jesus in Damascus, met Jesus himself on the way.
The serendipity miracle is one that comes when we are
looking for something else. The Gospel message is that God's love comes to us even
when we seek other things. The crowd was seeking bread made out of wheat flour
for their bodies, but Jesus offered them bread for the spirit as well.
The mother holding the baby to her breast to provide
milk for the body also gives food for the spirit in the form of love and
affection. We need both. Life is complete when the search for wheat bread
brings us to the bread of the spirit. It is the miracle of serendipity.
John 6:24-35 – New International
Once the crowd realized that
neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to
Capernaum in search of Jesus.
Jesus the Bread of Life
When they found him on the other
side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell
you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but
because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils,
but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Then they asked him, “What must
we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God
is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
So they asked him, “What sign
then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our
ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them
bread from heaven to eat.’[a]”
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I
tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my
Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the
bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “always give us
Then Jesus declared, “I am the
bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes
in me will never be thirsty.