Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures: A Reflection on John 6:27

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:

Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. — John 6:27

It’s the bit before “I am the bread of life.” Here’s part of my reflection:

Jesus is cautioning that physical things are impermanent and don’t fulfill us. I still eat and subscribe to cable, but Jesus is asking: Where do you put your attention? What motivates you in the morning? If you “work for” the material, rather than mission, whatever support it offers will not endure.

At times my faith practice has been overly focused on the social life it provided. And when that community of humans lets me down, as it sometimes does …

Please read my full reflection here.

About Phil Fox Rose

Phil Fox Rose is a writer, editor and content lead based in New York. He is coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York, helping promote centering prayer, which has been his contemplative practice for nearly 20 years. Raised atheist by ex-Mormons, Phil has journeyed through Quakerism, deep ecology, Buddhism and Catholicism. Now he's a congregant, worship leader, cook and chair of the leadership team at St. Lydia's, an awesome dinner church in Brooklyn, NY, and spends as much time in nature as possible. Phil has been a political party leader, videographer, tech journalist, punk roadie, software designer, sheepherder, stockbroker and downtempo radio DJ. A common thread is the process of learning about stuff, figuring it out and then sharing that understanding with others. Follow Phil by RSS feed, email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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