Today’s gospel opens with the Jews complaining to each other about Jesus. As far as they were concerned his ordinariness was a problem, and they could not see beyond that. They had always known him as the son of Joseph, the carpenter from Nazareth; they knew his family and his mother. Yet, here he was claiming to be the bread that came down from heaven. They were scandalized that one of their own could make such claims for himself. Their response to Jesus was to complain about him. Complaining on its own is rarely an adequate response to anything or anyone; it is certainly not an adequate response to the person of Jesus. How do I respond to Jesus?