The Bread of Eternal Life

John 6: 22-29
Acts 6: 8-15 / Psa 119

Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.
(John 6:27)

Don’t seek God in signs or raptures,
Nor in material needs fulfilled;
Rather, find Him in the Scriptures,
The covenant that He has sealed.

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone away alone. Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found Him across the sea, they said to Him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on Him God the Father has set His seal.’ Then they said to Him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.’ (John 6:22-29)

Reflection

The “food that endures for eternal life” that Jesus was referring to was His own flesh and blood, transubstantiated in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. God “set His seal” on this ‘Covenant’ when at the Last Supper, our Lord Jesus said, “This cup (of wine) is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you” (Lk.22:20).

There is food for the body and food for the mind. There is also food for the soul. There is good food that nourishes well, and bad food that only makes us sick. There are good books and magazines that empower and inspire, and pornographic smut that can pollute our minds. We must be able to discern well the kind of foods that we consume for our body, mind and spirit. Our choices determine the kind of person that we become, as well as the condition of our physical and spiritual well-being.

For instance, having chosen a meatless diet which I have maintained for more than 25 years has been very beneficial to my health. In the same manner, but even more importantly, the constant reading of the Bible, as well as other spiritual books and magazines like ‘Kerygma’ and ‘Kapatiran” have nourished and kept healthy not only my mind, but my spirit as well. Above all, the regular partaking of the Body of Christ in the Holy Eucharist has made me spiritually fit and strong.

The right way that we take care of our bodies and souls lead us to seek the company of like-minded Christians – brothers and sisters in God’s flock who lead healthy and wholesome lifestyles. We form strong bonds of brotherhood because we “feed” on each others’ spiritual experiences, and we grow stronger in the faith because of each others’ Godly influences.

Father God, bless our Brotherhood as we partake of One Bread in Jesus Christ, Who satisfies our hunger for Your love. Help us to grow stronger as one people, adoring One God, Who nourishes us all. Amen.

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