Gospel John 6:41-51
The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said,
"I am the bread that came down from heaven, "
and they said,
"Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?
Do we not know his father and mother?
Then how can he say,
'I have come down from heaven'?"
Jesus answered and said to them,
"Stop murmuring among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They shall all be taught by God.
Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
+Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your Love. Amen
"I am the living bread..." In the Gospel on Thursday we heard our Lord ask his disciples "Who do you say that I am?" and now a few days later, we hear our Lord tell us, who He IS: "I am the Living Bread."
What is "Living Bread? "....Who is Living Bread? About two years ago, when I was on my annual 8 day Silent Retreat, the retreat Priest said a very simple but profound sentence to me on the first day of retreat, (he was talking about consecrated life but his words apply here also in a powerful way, The priest said: "There is no such thing as a partially consecrated Host." In other words, after the words of consecration are spoken by the priest, the Bread is the Living Jesus; Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Living Bread come down from heaven. Do I truly believe this? In the depth of my soul, do I believe this?
If we allow this Truth to penetrate our minds and hearts and take hold of us, how different would be our disposition of heart when coming to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. When coming to spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Spending time with a living Person means relationship. It means company, love, friendship, communion, give and take, sharing, fullness. When our Lord say He is the Living Bread, He is revealing a very powerful Truth; the more we consume the Living Bread, we consume Him, in His Word and in His Body (The Eucharist), and another Life begins in us, and that Life is His Life and that holds implications for us, in our mission and the direction of our lives. It becomes no longer about us, but about Jesus. And this applies to every state of life.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Living Bread come down from heaven, I believe, increase my faith and fill my soul with your presence, I love you Jesus. Amen