My father-in-law Frank always said that you should eat to live, not live to eat. The words of John’s gospel that we read today proves that Frank was very, very right.
The crowd said to Jesus:
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”
So they said to Jesus,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
All of those who ate of the manna in the desert eventually died. All of us who partake of the bread of life that is Jesus will live forever. The Lord feeds us generously and continually. We should remember this every time that we approach his table. He is the bread that gives life to the world.
Give us this bread always, Lord Jesus.