No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.
Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I just made shortbread. Social media features friends with sourdough starters. We lament the loss of Eucharist.
Food banks have longer lines but less food without donations from closed restaurants and overrun grocery stores.
The World Food Program estimates the number of people facing acute food shortages will double to 265 million by the end of the year as a result of the coronavirus.
So much of Jesus’ ministry is about feeding people – dining with tax collectors, breaking bread at the Last Supper, cooking the disciples breakfast on the seashore. Before the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus looks to the disciples and says, “Give them some food yourselves.”
With Jesus, there is enough for everyone.
How is Jesus calling me to be the bread of life for others in a spiritual sense? How is he calling me to share my literal bread (food, talent, treasure) to feed people in this pandemic?
Bread of life, hope of the world,
Jesus Christ, our brother:
feed us now, give us life,
lead us to one another.
—From “Bread of Life” by Bernadette Farrell, © 1982, 1987. Published by OCP.Please share the Good Word with your friends!