“The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due season;
you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145)
“…live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all…” (Eph. 4)
“Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”(John 6)
We have entered into the dog days of summer. The sun, warm weather, vacations at the beach or in the north woods or some far away place beckons us to come away from our everyday living and get away. If we are mindful of what we are hearing at Mass, God is beckoning us to delve deeper into our relationship with Jesus Christ, the bread of life.
Beginning with the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000, we are entering into some heady scriptures and challenging concepts to our faith life as Christians. These next few weeks, in our effort to be more mindful at Mass and in our daily living as Jesus followers, we will dive into what Jesus claims to be the Bread of Life and what consuming his body and blood means for us inside and outside of Mass.
The scripture quotes at the beginning of this blog help us begin to meditate on what Jesus is calling us to be and do. God provides all that we need. Jesus vividly demonstrates this with the loaves and the fishes. Paul calls us out of ourselves and reminds us of who and what we are. Sit with these passages, pray with them, listen to what God is telling you. Reflect on their meaning and impact on the world we live in today.
Enter into the conversation and let me know of your reflections and observances as we look at the Bread of Life discourse and its meaning at Mass and in our daily living. Let us all become more mindful of who we are and what we become.
“We are one body, one body in Christ;
and we do not stand alone.
We are one body, one body in Christ;
and he came that we might have life.” (Refrain: “We Are One Body”: Dana Scallon)