Posted by: livingscripture | May 4, 2017

Third Thursday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 4, 2017

THIRD THURSDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY 

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. (John 6: 51)

How shall I live this Word?

We know that among all peoples, bread or something similar to it, responds to the fundamental alimentary needs of Human beings.  Contemporaneously, in this precise characteristic we recognize bread’s essential simplicity.  Bread is not cake.  It is not roasted chicken.  Bread is itself, original and irreplaceable.  We all remember the good crusty bread made at home and just taken out of the oven with its unique aroma that stirs the appetite.  So beautiful and consoling is this desire of Jesus to liken Himself to bread.  It is not by chance that bread is the food called upon when we speak of the hunger of the poor.

Now, if this identification of bread as nourishment for humans is already a great expression of love, how much stronger and determining is Jesus telling us that HE IS THE BREAD THAT GIVES LIFE to redeem our existence from sin and death.  We are fully aware that His death on the Cross was no joking matter.  From this persuasion is born our deep contemplation that ‘we spiritually touch” Jesus when we partake of this bread that nourishes us in the Eucharist.

Jesus, preserve me from the coldness that comes when habit becomes routine.  Grant that by approaching the altar to receive the Eucharistic Bread, the LIVING BREAD that is Your ‘flesh’, my Faith may be always renewed and ready to generate in me the grace of an illuminating love.

The Voice of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Minister/Theologian Martyred by the  of Nazis  

It is by now impossible to separate the life of the I of Jesus from His Person.

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