One person said, “The regime has tried to deprive our supporters of water and gas, and now they are using bread.”
Rebel forces now control a number of wheat warehouses and neighborhood bakeries around the major city of Aleppo.
When I saw the story, I couldn’t help but be reminded of our lessons for the past week or so.
Jesus gave bread, those in power or those who want to remain in power take it away.
As many of you know, I am attentive to just how the Gospel relates to our lives and the world around us today. When I saw the story, again, I thought about the feeding of the 5,000. I expect that Christians in Syria had the same thoughts when they stood in line to get bread from the rebel bakeries.
No wonder the 5,000 or so who were fed by Jesus and His disciples that day misunderstood Jesus message and wanted to make Him their “bread king”. And when they found him in Capernaum they said, “Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it as my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
For today, a bit of understanding about why the crowd did what they did, and the truth of Jesus message as we all hunger for a deeper relationship with our loving God.