“Amen, amen I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.” John 6:47-48, NAB
These verses are from Jesus’ Bread of life Discourse. The discourse, verses 22-71 signify the revelation of God in Jesus as the source of all life. I have often preached on the reality of the Eucharist as the “body” and “blood” of Christ. There have been miracles that attest to this truth. But in the end, none of this matters if we do not believe that Jesus is the bread from heaven. Just as one must “eat” to live physically; one must eat to live spiritually. Yet, to this day there are many Catholics who do not believe. Though hundreds of thousands have died for this piece of “bread”, yet…many of us still don’t get it. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are many who come up to receive, but do we truly understand “what” we are receiving? Do we “recognize” Jesus? Are we in a state of grace to receive Him? The whole idea of Easter is starting fresh and new. All of us are given the opportunity to acknowledge our sinfulness and reconcile ourselves with the Father, before receiving the body of His Son. Why would one want to receive something so holy in a state of guilt and shame? Or worse yet, be defiant in our sinfulness, refusing to acknowledge them and still receive Him. Do we realize when we do this that we desecrate His body and incur judgment? (1 Cor.11: 27-29)
So it all comes down to this…do we really believe in Jesus? Is He truly the bread of our life? And if He is, then are we changing, becoming like Him? Are we loving, forgiving, obedient, joyful in our relationship with Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit…but most importantly, with each other? Do me a favor, if you truly believe and receive Him, then share Him… I’d love a piece.
Until next time…you are what you eat. …luv ya! Deacon Phil