Jesus, the Bringer of Bread: a poem reflection on Mark 6-8 and John 6

“Jesus, the bringer of bread,” they called Him.
In place after place, He fed the hungry:
the meals for five-thousand and four-thousand,
plus all the feasts in homes along the way.
When a Gentile woman asked Him to heal
her demon-oppressed daughter, it was bread
to which she made reference in her appeal:
“Even dogs, with fallen breadcrumbs, are fed.”
“Jesus, the bringer of bread.” What a name
for this One with no home in which to rest,
who looked more like the ones He came to save
than those supposed to be divinely blessed.
Still, in Him they found soul-deep nourishment
for He was the bread of life God had sent.

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