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The Living Bread from Heaven (John 6: 41-51)

The Living Bread from Heaven (John 6: 41-51)

In today’s gospel, Jesus proclaims, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh” (John 6:51).

While we partake of this Living Bread when we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, Jesus remains bread for the asking, life for the giving, whenever we call out to him.

Jesus is ready to nourish us at every moment, not only when we come together before his altar to partake of Holy Communion. He most often comes to us in manner as unassuming as his birth in Bethlehem’s simple stable, the Divine Presence touching our lives in ways so simple as to be imperceptible to those lacking eyes to see or ears to hear.

The Living Bread from Heaven

He draws us to himself in order to save, feed and strengthen us on our journey. The living bread refreshes our souls to eternal life. That is, keeping us alive beyond this earthly and material world.

We need food that not only gives us strength of body, keeps us alive here on earth, but food that strengthens us for eternal life and keeps us ready for life everlasting. Jesus insists that whoever eats of this bread will live forever- and he is that refreshing Bread. 

Bread from heaven

The Lord makes an amazing, a tremendous promise, one that we may and should accept as it stands: “whoever eats this bread will live forever.” In the Eucharist Christ gives us himself totally. He comes to us and becomes our bread, our food for that life with God that never ends. Christ's love overcame death. He who is united in faith and love with Christ, will live forever, soul and body.

In his love, God has entrusted us with this great treasure- a treasure that we are called to discover and appreciate more and more deeply.

Jesus Christ gave his life on the cross out of love for us; in the Resurrection his love conquered death and gave us eternal life; and in his love he speaks to us these words: “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

And even more amazing is that Jesus invites us to be like him, and do the same thing, giving all that we are to him and to others. We take and eat Christ’s body that is freely given for us, that we might become Christ for someone else; one who hungers for God, who hungers for food, who hungers for peace, who is needy; emotionally, physically or spiritually. May we always strive to answer that invitation.