Jesus, Bread of Life

John 6: 52-59
Acts 9: 1-20 / Ps 117: 1-2

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
(John 6:53)

I live because my life is You,
The promised Word God has given;
I eat Your flesh, my soul renew,
Bread of Life that comes from heaven.

The Jews disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” These things He said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. (John 6: 52-59)

Reflection

Many of the disciples, in spite of all the wonders that Jesus showed, left Him because they could not understand His words (Jn. 6:66). The same can be said today of many people who leave the Church because they still have not understood the doctrine of transubstantiation, wherein the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bread of Life initiated this at the Last Supper when He commanded, “Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19).

In the Mass, the mystery of the Eucharist is relived every hour and everyday all over the world without losing its essence and meaning. The Word of God, which is also part of the liturgy of the Mass, is likewise read and heard everyday, throughout our lives, delivering God’s message to us in many different ways. A day will never be the same without receiving the Bread of Life and the Word of God. His Bread and His Word give us life, nourishing our spirits. We can never be “raised up on the last day” unless we partake of Him in His Word and in His flesh. Jesus is inviting us to take His Flesh and Blood and His Word into the very essence of our being. The life that He offers is the very life of God Himself.

We praise you, Lord God eternal. Your Flesh and Blood and Your Word will nourish us all the days of our lives, until the end of time. Amen.

3 Responses to “Jesus, Bread of Life”

  1. anje  on November 10th, 2010

    I ? GOD

  2. anje  on November 10th, 2010

    I LOVE GOD

    BECAUSE HE IS MY LIFE

    AND IF WE DON’T HAVE GOD

    WE DON’T HAVE LIFE,.! :D

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