Think about how it feels to be hungry- hungry in your stomach and hungry in your soul.
Then think of the best bread you have ever tasted.
Smell its yeasty aroma.
What does it look like?
Feel its crust and its soft interior with your fingers.
Taste it. Savor the experience.
What kinds of things are like bread for you- savory, filling, satisfying?
Think of the descriptive words that come to you.
But what does it mean for you to “eat” the bread Jesus offers?
At your earliest opportunity (or this Sunday) be ready to receive God with a true contrite heart, by either confessing before the priest or partaking in the Hussoyo prayer, and receive the Bread of Life.
Meet God in the worship…
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is already receiving[a] wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus turned water into wine; he provided lunch for thousands; and in this passage, even after his glorious resurrection we see him caring for his own by providing them with what they need.
In the same warm, companionable way, Jesus is with us now, asking, “Do you love me?” How will you respond?
Whether it is an honest “no,” a “give me a bit more time,” or an unequivocal “yes,” today He wants to share his gifts of nourishment and life with us.
He wants us to care for others with nothing less than his own love.
As we conclude meditating on this Evengalion reading, let’s go out in the name of Jesus with a specific act or word of love.