Jesus’ Life: Chapter 8 – Jesus’ Ministry In Galilee (Part 3)
Jesus had miraculously fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish, so the next day, many in the crowd went looking for Him.
When they found Jesus, He already knew what they were thinking and said:
- “You are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that remains to eternal life”.
- “I am the bread that came down from heaven”.
In the eyes of the Jewish people, Jesus was just the son of Mary; they had resisted all suggestions that he was the Son of God. In contrast, Jesus stated, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty”.
The Last Supper
At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread blessed and broke it saying, “This is My Body”, and gave it to his Apostles. He then did the same with wine saying, “This is My Blood”. At that moment of blessing, although the bread and wine looked unchanged, it had become His Body and Blood.
Today, Priests repeat the same Last Supper blessing in Jesus’ name during the Eucharistic Service of the Mass and, by divine power, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus; food for our souls.
Jesus said to the gathered crowd, “Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you”. (John 5:26-39)
Jesus repeated the same, “I am the Bread of Life,” message,” on multiple occasions during his life; always inviting us to listen to His Gospel and receive the Holy Eucharist.
Lord Jesus, may the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the receiving of your Holy Body and Blood, continue to be the centrepiece of my life.
Prayer: Holy Spirit
Most Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
Enlighten me, guide me, comfort me, console me.
I promise to submit myself to all You desire of me,
And permit all You wish to happen to me.
Give me Your help, tell me what to do.
Most Holy Spirit, bring peace to my world. Amen.