Though we think of manna as the bread that God rained down on the wandering Israelite community in the wilderness, “manna” was first a question. “What is it?!” The Israelites draw near enough to the strange flaky substance on the ground to ask “Manna?” and in so doing encounter the answer “Manna!” How might this story, along with the crowd asking Jesus for a daily dose of “bread of life”, inform our curiosity about seeking spiritual sustenance for our own lives?
Megan M Ramer
Narrative Lectionary – Year 4
- Bibleworm podcast: Episode 306 – Manna in the Wilderness, Amy Robertson and Robert Williamson, Jr.
- “Ich bin, du Ängstlicher,” Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours: Love Poems to God – I,19; trans Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy (1996), 66.
- Image: “Manna,” folio 6, from the Augsburger Book of Miracles (f°6), ca 1552 – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Augsburger_Wunderzeichenbuch_%E2%80%94_Folio_6,_Manna.jpg
Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah; Words and Music – Public Domain; Text: William Williams; Music: John Hughes. [Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights reserved.]