XVIII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Reflection of the Word of God.
In this Gospel, Jesus exhorts us: " Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you." Jesus, taking advantage of this desire for bread for the hunger of the body, invites us to ask him for another bread, which he himself wants to give us, and which satisfies other more radical and profound needs: the hunger for meaning and salvation.
Thus, Jesus as good shepherd and teacher starts from the basic needs to pedagogically guide the desire of the latter: the satisfaction of the highest. It is a process of purification of the motivations that move us to seek Jesus and turn to God.
A life devoted to the exclusive satisfaction of material needs is limited. This is the "Gentil" life that Saint Paul invites us to leave behind to learn about Christ, renew ourselves in mind and spirit, put on the new human condition that he himself embodies, strive for what gives meaning to our life and saves her, true justice, and holiness.