The Living Bread

Reflection for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ by Br. Paul Crawford, OFM, Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our June 12 newsletter

share food“The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Old Testament reading this week reminds us that in the relationship we have with God, we have been tested to see if our intentions and hearts are with the Lord. We also are reminded that the Lord our God feeds us with manna in the desert.

In Corinthians, we hear ” …the loaf of bread is one; we, though many, are one body, for we partake of the one loaf.” But in this week’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that unless we “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,” we do not have life within us. There is a lot of wisdom here, for whenever we gather together as a family or with friends we usually do it around the sharing of food. Something in this sharing breaks down walls and brings us together, despite differences.

Food has always been a sign and a reminder of God’s covenant to His people, to care for them and to always be with them in the “breaking of the bread.” To remain in Jesus is to accept His challenge: not just to receive Him, but also to see the world through His eyes, to engage the world with His passion, and to feed the world with His generosity, literally and spiritually.

So, next time a hand reaches out to you in need, don’t walk by. As this administration puts together its budget for the American people, work to ensure that it reflects the moral fiber of our nation, which has long been defined by altruism and equality. Be the bread that God gave to the world.

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM, Cap.
FAN Board Treasurer

Published in: on June 13, 2017 at 8:43 am  Leave a Comment  

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