Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”
Love of God is a gift from God, for it is God who first loved us. It is in this love that God has offered us the Eucharist, for in celebrating the Eucharist we praise God and in this praise we participate in his divinity. Since God grants us this divinity through our participation in the Eucharist, we will live through and in Christ for eternity.
Therefore, even in our misfortunes, we need not worry, for He will transform them as an opportunity for grace, or as a means of growing in God. If God loves us, it's because we are His children. Now we must ask ourselves this question, are we acting as God's children, in a way worthy of our own divine identity?
Action of the day: Believe in God’s protection.
«This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live with eternal life»
Fr. Joaquim MESEGUER García
(Rubí, Barcelona, Spain)
Today Jesus reveals himself as the bread of life. At first sight, the definition He makes of himself is rather curious and paradoxical; but, when we dig into it a little further, we realize that with these words the meaning of his mission is clearly stated: to save man and give him a new life. «And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what He has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day» (Jn 6:39). This is why, to perpetuate his saving act of giving himself for us and his presence among us, Jesus Christ has become spiritual aliment for us.
God makes it possible for us to believe in Jesus Christ and get close to him: «Yet, all that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of the One who sent me» (Jn 6:37-38). Therefore, with our faith, let us get close to him who has decided to be our nourishment, our light and our life for, as Ignatius of Antioch affirms «faith is the principle of true life».
Jesus Christ invites us to follow him, to nourish ourselves through him, for this is what it means to see him and believe in him. At the same time, He shows us how to abide by his Father's will, just as He does. When teaching his disciples the prayer of the sons of God, the Lord's Prayer, He put together these two petitions: «Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today the bread that we need». This refers not only to the material bread, but to Himself, as the bread of eternal life whom, day after day, we have to remain very close to with the profound cohesion the Holy Spirit provides us with.