(A portion of today’s Gospel reading, John 6:32-35):

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.

When the people heard about the true bread from heaven that gives life to the world, they asked that it be given to them; not just on that day, but from that day onward and always.  Jesus did not act on their request that day, but He did not treat it as a rhetorical or theoretical question.  He explained what the answer would be (verses 50-58).

Not too long after, on a hill called Golgotha, on a Friday afternoon at about 3 o’clock … He gave them this bread.  We still eat of this bread today.

Request granted.  Completely.  In full.  Forever.  Alleluia!

Today’s Gospel passage, John 6:27-40, may be found at