The readings today remind us that God wants to draw us and all of creation into freedom. This is a journey and why the best of our faith challenges us with the responsibility to ensure for others their freedom and human dignity. We are continuing our reflection on the bread of life discourse. Last week’s gospel ended as Jesus left the scene before they made him king. This was a temptation, but it was never Jesus’ desire to fall into human systems that lead to oppression–he came among us as a servant. Jesus is operating out of the prophetic tradition, and John’s Gospel today is emphasizing that he is the word that draws to life. What made them seek Jesus out, he said, was not simply because they saw miracles or that the food of the loaves and fishes was so good, but because they were being drawn to new life. In our Bible study this week, we discussed the miracles that really often do happen at meals. One person shared about their Italian heritage and how important the meal is because people open up and life is shared and exchanged. I have often thought that our best Eucharist celebrations are at weddings and funerals. Although very different ceremonies, healing takes place when joy and pain are shared in a luncheon or at a reception. I have always believed this is also Eucharist. The early church always had a common meal with the Eucharistic meal. We should see the shared life of our human relationships as also what draws us into God’s love. Our celebration invites us into the person of Jesus who wants to share and to touch our deepest hungers and thirsts that in these challenging times we all are in so much need of today. If we notice, our liturgy focuses on this; that we need to be fed at the table of God’s word. This is where we are drawn into new life with Jesus. It moves us beyond perhaps where we have been self-centered and directs us towards the unselfish love of God. There is one verse today that is about the Eucharist. It is where the gospel says, “For the bread of God is that what comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” As we are drawn into the new life of Jesus and he ministers to our deepest hungers and thirsts then the Eucharist is able to orient us into the unselfish love of God which allows us to, in a sense, be food for the world, to build inclusive love and new life around us. Let’s receive new life today and then be new life for others.