It's Not Just About the Cat Food
It’s Not Just About the Cat Food
Grace in the text
Chrysostom, the “golden tongued” preacher of antiquity, thought so. “By His words to them He was all but saying this, ‘It is not the miracle of the loaves that has struck you with wonder, but the being filled’.”2
Trouble in the world
“Christ does not reply to the question put to him,” writes John Calvin, when we seek “in Christ something other than Christ himself.”3
The very signs the crowds look for obscure what is already there for them of life-and-death significance. The demands they make are overtaken by the bread of life that they are given. The works they insistently ask about performing mistake the work God is performing of bringing them to life in faith. What Jesus here saw before him, Martin Luther (1483–1546) in a sermon surmised, were “uncouth and coarse people who were interested solely in eating and drinking.”
However uncouth and coarse, a misplaced confidence is shown to pervade their quest. And yet it is precisely with these that the Jesus of John’s Gospel engages in such a way that they are led to prayer.