Hungry for the Bread of Life

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

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)

Nothing nourishes more than Jesus,
And as precious as His Word we’re fed.
In Scriptures we receive His Good News,
In the Eucharist our Daily Bread.

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 at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will live 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.

Reflection

Jesus had just performed the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish, which was not only an expression of His compassion for the hungry multitude that followed Him, but more importantly, to prefigure God’s gift of the Holy Eucharist to future generations of Christians. Unfortunately, many of His disciples, inspite of the signs that He showed, left Him because they could not understand His words (6:66). The same can be said today of the Protestants who have chosen to leave the Catholic Church because they could not accept the doctrine of transubstantiation, wherein we believe the Bread of Life truly initiated in 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 minute of every day 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 every day, 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 last long without them. 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. Like the multitudes in Jesus’ time, our spirits always hunger for the Bread of Life.

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.

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