Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to John 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Jesus Christ reveals himself not as an ordinary bread but extraordinary as the bread of life. So he clearly means something more than mere physical existence. He offers himself as spiritual food which produces the very life of God within us. He offers the life which is connected with God, the author and the source of our lives. In him we have the true abundant life.
Jesus Christ also promises the unbroken friendship and freedom from the fear of being cut off from God. He offers the true and real life that is a relationship with the living God, a relationship of trust, love, obedience, peace, and joy. He is the true and real bread of life for us. Apart from him no one can enter that kind of life and relationship.
In the Eucharist and Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we enter to the loving relationship with God in Jesus Christ as the true bread of life. Let’s believe that by adoring and accepting him, we will be bodily raised up to immortal life with him. This is the joy of our hope and thus also the joy of the Gospel we proclaim.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, again and again you reveal yourself as the true bread of life from heaven. Give us faith to believe in you who always offer us the abundant life by accepting you in the Eucharist and worshipping you in Perpetual Adoration now and forever. Amen.
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