Lenten Devotional: March 29
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
This well-known passage from the Book of John offers hope to the world. Jesus identifies with the manna that God sent Moses and his people; he is the source of sustenance. Just as we require food and water to survive, so we must sustain our spirit to fully experience life. Jesus shows a way to live life in the spirit, based on following the path he walked with God. He invites everyone, not just his fellow Jews, to tread the path of right relationship with God and fellow man.
Believing in Jesus is everyone’s opportunity, if they choose this particular path of spirituality. The sacrament of the Eucharist speaks directly to our belief that Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus is present to us in the bread and the wine at the Eucharist, moving within our hearts in a way we recognize as his way, not ours. The words of the hymn “I am the bread of life” describe the Eucharist experience: “No one can come to me unless the Father draw them” (v. 1). The way of Jesus is the way of love, so God’s love draws us to him, but we are offered the choice of this path back to God. We may come to him, as Jesus did, or not.
When I experience the coming together of our church community at the Eucharist, I feel the love of God flowing between and among us, and among those saints we no longer see but are with us in the mystery of this sacrament. I am happy to see children at our Table, and pray that they will know that Jesus asked that children come to him, and so they are most welcome. On days when my belief is little, I pray that I will remember I, too, am a child of God, and always welcome to go to him.