I Am, and I Will

The Gospel text for Sunday, August 9, 2009 is continuation of the bread of life theme.  You can read the section assigned for Sunday here.

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There are many words and phrases that are meant to stand out in the Gospel of John.  Words like “belief” or “sign” or “darkness/light” weave in and through the stories and give us any number of things to ponder.  This Sunday, as we continue the theme bread of life, we hear the famous I AM statement once more–plainly and often.  By my count, in these 11 verses, Jesus says I am the bread of life (or variations thereof) no less than 5 times.

But a careful reading of this interaction with the questioners also brings up another, less obvious, phrase:  I WILL. 

I will raise that person up on the last day (vs 44)

and

the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh (vs 51).

What I marvel over, more even than Jesus’ identity, is his intention toward and for humanity.  I will is the phrase of the determined, the resolute, the confident, the prepared.  This week, John considers Jesus’ will, Jesus’ intention, and the course of action which followed.

Jesus, bread of life, You are, and You will.     Amen.

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