“Work for food that endures for eternal life.”
Like the people that followed Jesus in today’s reading, sometimes we seek Jesus out for the wrong reasons. Today we can come before the Lord as tells us, “Truly, truly I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves”. What are the loaves that Jesus speaks to us about? Do we seek Jesus out to simply feel better? Or is it pride – just to say I have done so, but not praying sincerely in faith and trust? Jesus days to us that these loaves perish, and that we must move beyond them. What endures to eternal life is to encounter Jesus with faith and trust.
Jesus wants to lead us to this place of trust in Him deep in us before anything else. This is why those who followed Jesus for superficial reasons in the reading and want to know what works God wants of them, are asked to believe in Jesus as their first work. And for us this is an ongoing work