Ordinary bread is a product of the earth and prolongs our human life. Living bread is a metaphor Jesus applied to himself to teach us how necessary and indispensable he is to our spiritual life.
The gospel today quotes several Old Testament prophets who said: “they shall all be taught by God.” Elijah found this out when tired and weary of speaking and suffering in God’s name for an indifferent people, he tells God he has had enough and simply wants to die. But God, ever the teacher, wakes Elijah up, tells him to eat and drink and get back on the journey of ministering to God’s people. The strength and energy human food supplies to all of us thus becomes in the Eucharist, the effective symbolic sacramental sign of the real presence of Jesus, who is himself that “living bread” that strengthens and energizes each of us to continue our daily journey of faith.
Paul tells us to be imitators of God and to live in love as Christ loved us and sacrificed himself as a fragrant aroma to God. He asks us to remove all bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, reviling, malice from our lives, and to replace these behaviors with kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.
To be a person who exudes the “fragrant aroma” of Christ in our current world where the overall aroma smells more like incivility, hostility, disrespect, self-centeredness, and isolation, requires that we feast on the “living bread” of Jesus in the Eucharist, spend time in adoration to absorb the spirit and values of Jesus, then go forth to be Christ for others and the “fragrant aroma” our world needs.
Something to think about today?
Let Us Pray:
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord
glorify the Lord with me, let us together extol his name.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy
and your faces may not blush with shame. Ps 34
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)