‘Give us today our daily bread’ is one of the essential parts of the prayer that the Lord has taught us. This prayer does explain to us our gospel today. God takes care not only our spiritual needs, but our every needs of life. He cares for his people. He gives her everything we need. Since the need for food is essential for our sustenance, He gives Himself, so that the people live, not only by Him, but also in Him. To discover this heavenly food that gives us eternal life, we must associate ourselves with its author, the Father. It is the same Father who gave the manna to the people of Israel, it is the same God who gave the food to Prophet Elijah, gives us Jesus, as a food, so that by eating his Flesh and drinking his Blood, we ourselves become worthily Christ for others.
Through visibility and taste, there is nothing else that our sensitivity and intelligence can reveal to us. If we learn to see everything with faith, we can perceive, the invisible presence of this God in the Flesh of Christ. God loves u through Christ, in a radical and wonderful way. It is no longer bread, but the Body of Christ who invites us and put us in communion with the Father.
One must be aware of a truth in this invitation and communion. It is not we who chose Christ or faith, but God chose us in Christ and He gave us faith. This faith of which we have received, has a finality. Like the life that gives birth to life, by living this faith fully and joyously, we invite others to see and perceive faith in our works, which will give them a new life filled with hope and joy. It is thus, the deeds which are born of a deep faith, become the divine works.
For this, we must dispose ourselves freely to be loved and animated by Christ, without knowing where he will bring us, and how. Everything will be a mystery, and we will find out later. Whenever we come to participate in this Eucharist, it is not the priest alone who presides and offers himself by offering the spotless Victim, with him we offer ourselves, all of us present and absent, the whole world, so that 'God be all in all.'
Our faith, even though it is universal, yet it is personal. So, it is necessary that we must once again, in all sincerity ask the same question that the Lord has previously asked Peter, 'What am I for you?' Who is Jesus for me? What kind of relationships do I have with him daily? What is the quality of dialogue I entertain with Him? What is His message for me today and now? In the Eucharist, the Lord invites us to live with Him, through Him and in Him. Lord, we want us to be attracted to you, so that we have eternal life, Amen.