Jesus tells the crowd that, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger.” Think about the implication of eating with someone. It’s one thing to be in the crowd and see a great celebrity. But to have a meal with that person is a huge difference. There’s something totally different in having dinner with someone rather than to just see them.
The risen Jesus didn’t come simply to be seen. He didn’t come to simply give them a talk. Rather he ate with his disciples, just as he did the night before he died. He was there to engage with them, to connect with them, and to share a meal with them. His interaction with them took place during a meal.
When I come to the Eucharist, I need to remember those meals the risen Lord shared with his disciples. I need to remember that the interaction with our God takes place during this Eucharistic meal. What he did with his disciples, he is doing with me. He is the bread which came down from heaven and gives life to the world. How blessed are we who eat this bread and drink this cup.
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug