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Mark 6: 24 — 35

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24   When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples
       were there, they themselves got into boats and came to
       Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25   And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
       “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26   Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to
       you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs
       but because you ate the loaves and were filled.

27   Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that
       endures for eternal life, 15 which the Son of Man will give
       you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”

28   So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the
       works of God?”

29   Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of
       God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

30   So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may
       see and believe in you? What can you do?

31   16 Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
       ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”

32   So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was
       not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father
       gives you the true bread from heaven.

33   For the bread of God is that which comes down from
       heaven and gives life to the world.”

34   So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

35   17 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever
       comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in
       me will never thirst.

15 [27] The food that endures for eternal life: cf ⇒ John 4:14, on water “springing up to eternal life.”

16 [31] Bread from heaven: cf ⇒ Exodus 16:4, ⇒ 15, ⇒ 32-34 and the notes there; ⇒ Psalm 78:24. The manna, thought to have been hidden by Jeremiah (⇒ 2 Macc 2:5-8), was expected to reappear miraculously at Passover, in the last days.

17 [35-59] Up to ⇒ John 6:50 “bread of life” is a figure for God’s revelation in Jesus; in ⇒ John 6:51-58, the eucharistic theme comes to the fore. There may thus be a break between ⇒ John 6:50-51.

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