So Easy to Grumble

You offer me life,
sustenance,
strength

and I grumble.

I grumble about
where it has come from,
is it safe,
is it right
and proper,
what do others think,
would it be approved of?

Instead of looking at you,
listening
and receiving.

Forgive me Lord,
my stupid questions,
my reluctance,
my hesitancy
to receive what you offer –
so freely,
so generously.

Lord,
may I come
and eat
and live
for you.

John 6:35, 41-51 (CEV)

35 Jesus replied:

I am the bread that gives life! No one who comes to me will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in me will ever be thirsty.

41 The people started grumbling because Jesus had said he was the bread that had come down from heaven. 42 They were asking each other, “Isn’t he Jesus, the son of Joseph? Don’t we know his father and mother? How can he say that he has come down from heaven?”

43 Jesus told them:

Stop grumbling! 44 No one can come to me, unless the Father who sent me makes them want to come. But if they do come, I will raise them to life on the last day. 45 One of the prophets wrote, “God will teach all of them.” And so everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him will come to me.

46 The only one who has seen the Father is the one who has come from him. No one else has ever seen the Father. 47 I tell you for certain that everyone who has faith in me has eternal life.

48 I am the bread that gives life! 49 Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, and later they died. 50 But the bread from heaven has come down, so that no one who eats it will ever die. 51 I am that bread from heaven! Everyone who eats it will live forever. My flesh is the life-giving bread that I give to the people of this world.

Bread of Life

For a different post on this reading see here

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