August 11

John 6:35, 41-44

“They were saying, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’”

As far as the people in the crowd were concerned Jesus had human origins…they knew his father and mother. For him to say that he had come down from heaven was too much to swallow…even if he did claim to be the bread of life. We shouldn’t be too hard on them…we have a tough time with Jesus’ divinity too. And for some that’s a step of faith that’s too difficult. They’d rather simply understand him as a teacher and prophet, a good man, but no more than that. A part of our difficulty comes from our inability to imagine divinity in a person. Does it take away from the humanity or is it a supplement? Was Jesus like a superhero, able to transcend the laws of physics and switching between human and divine as needed? People of faith know that they’ll never be able to understand the mystery…and most have come to the point where they don’t need to. They know that Jesus was perfectly human and that’s okay with them. But they also know that in him we catch a glimpse of heavenly origins…a blessed reminder that there’s more to this world than meets the eye. And best of all they have found that as they connect with him they experience life in its fullness…he really is the bread that feeds their soul.

Thought for the Day: How do I understand Jesus’ divinity?

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