(26) “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”
In American culture, there is some pressure to follow the Christian path, to say one is a Christian because of mainstream social acceptability. However, this is a temporal benefit, and in a manner akin to spoiling, does not in itself satisfy and may actually interfere with a sense spiritual closeness to God. Spiritual closeness to God really requires a partaking of a different kind of food – one that is right in front of us if we open ourselves to it. It is in deep listening, in clear seeing, and in opening of the heart to the eternal love Jesus knew so well.
(35) Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
I enjoy looking at these statements by Jesus with a wide lens. I ask myself, who is speaking through Jesus? The answer I continually come round to is God. So, it seems to me, it is God saying, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never thirst.” It is the universal God, within the core of all spiritual traditions, that we hunger for, and that nourishes us. Therefore, it could be and was Krishna or the Buddha or other enlightened Ones saying exactly what Jesus said.