“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.” This is where the Discourse turns from Jesus’ teaching being a way to feed the people to His promise to give us His very self as food. The Jews didn’t think He was talking figuratively. They knew He meant what he said.
Jesus continues the “Bread of Life” Discourse. Jesus will raise up anyone who comes to Him. It is never too late to come to the Lord. If we missed out during Lent on going to confession and receiving the Eucharist, it is not too late. Pray about it and come home to the Lord.
The Bread of Life Discourse is really in two parts: Jesus, Himself, and His preaching is like food and the Eucharist which is the “food from heaven,” the Real Presence: the Body Blood Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ Himself. What a great gift.
“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life.” This is the start of the “Bread of Life” discourse from Chapter 6 of the Gospel according to John. By the end of the discourse, many will leave Jesus because of what they consider “too hard” a saying: that He will give us His flesh and blood as food. Today, people are turning away, too, because they don’t accept the “Real Presence” of Jesus in Eucharist. Will you turn away, too?
“Peace be with you.” In the Resurrection appearances, Jesus always begins with offering “peace” to His followers. But, it is a peace that “the world cannot give.” This isn’t just the lack of hostilities between people and nations, but a peace which puts all things in right order. May Jesus’ peace be with you and yours.
A Prayer for My Family
O Heavenly Father, I humbly beseech Your blessings for my family. Keep my loved ones in Your tender care and protect them from every evil. Grant that no matter how separated we may be by distance, we shall always be close to one another, and to You, in the Sacred Heart of Your Son, Jesus. May we continue to grow in love and peace, ever seeking Your blessings until we are united with You forever in heaven. Amen.”
“If it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Gamaliel, a famous Rabbi during the time of Jesus and the teacher of Saul of Tarsus, proposes a “wait and see” attitude to the Jewish authorities regarding how to deal with the Apostles teaching in the name of Jesus. Lord, give us the wisdom and the charity of Gamaliel.