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Proper 13

Exodus 16. 2-4, 9-15
Ephesians 4. 1-16
John 6: 24-35

This is a very revealing set of questions and answers between Jesus and the people following him. It tells us a lot about what the people thought they were looking for in Jesus, and gives us one of Jesus’s own central definitions of his work.

The theme is food, which is not surprising, considering the conversation follows very closely on the feeding of the five thousand. At the beginning of chapter 6, we are told that the people following Jesus are hoping for more healing miracles, but now, after being fed by him, they are hoping never to go without a meal again. They are quite indignant with him for slipping away, and very relieved to have caught up with him again...

Taken from Lectionary Reflections – Year B by Jane Williams

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