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John 6:1-59

Yesterday‘s and today‘s Reading were John 6:1-59.
The Gospel of John is an interpretation of the older synoptic gospel material.
The first complex of the feeding the multitude episode and Jesus walking on water stems from Mark 6:30-52. In that gospel it is just two episodes that take place in the region of Capernaum where Jesus started his public ministry. John uses them as an introduction to his Bread of Life Discourse culminating in Jesus repeatedly stating: “I am the bread of life.” Here John’s congregation learns how their celebrating Holy Communion connects them with one another, with Christ and with the hope that Israel had back in the desert. One great food context that John creates here! Is your church centered around potlucks and other eating occasions, too?