In Sunday’s first reading (1 Kings), God miraculously provides Elijah with food in the desert. Like a small scale version of last Sunday’s first reading (Exodus). What stands out about both readings? That God acts not when people are at their most worthy or most loveable, but when they are at their least loveable and most needy.
Which tells us a lot about the heart of God. And the “why” behind Sunday’s Gospel.
Sunday's Gospel (John) picks up from last Sunday. It's the next part of the bread of life discourse. Jesus makes the connection to Exodus, where God's people are fed with bread from heaven. But Jesus doesn’t connect His own miracles of feeding to God's miracles of feeding in the Old Testament.
Jesus makes the connection - to Himself. He calls Himself the bread of life. And when people get confused, Jesus drops the parables and gets literal. And lets them know what the “why” behind Sunday’s Gospel looks like in practice.