Daily Reflection –Thursday, April 30th, 2020
In salvation history, as well as human history, bread holds a place of prominence. In Sacred Scripture, bread is often associated with God’s generous care for us. There are several Old Testament passages that include bread as a symbol of how God cares and provides for his people. “He rained manna for them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven.” (Psalm 78:24; Exodus 16:4) In the New Testament, we have the “Lord’s Prayer”, where we pray for “daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Each of the four Gospels shares a passage where Jesus feeds the multitude with the multiplication of the loaves (Mt 14:13-21; Mk 6:31-44; Lk 9:12-17; Jn 6:1-14)
Today’s Gospel Reading (Jn 6:44-51), follows closely on the heels of the miracle of the loaves, where so many were given bread for their physical nourishment. Building on that, Jesus presents himself as the source of our spiritual nourishment. We should remember that the crowds pursued Jesus after he fed them, and he urged them “not to work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the son of Man will give you” (Jn 6:27). If the people were paying attention and thinking from a spiritual perspective, they would have realized that he was the one who had come to give eternal life.
We claim our inheritance to the promises of God who made a covenant with his people and fulfilled that covenant in the sacrifice of his Son. At each Eucharist celebration, the gifts of bread and wine are transformed into Christ’s Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Christ is the true Bread from heaven; food that endures for eternal life, nourishing us body and soul, and sustains us for the building of God’s Kingdom.
Peace be with you!