Christ the Bread of Life – Second Sunday of the Fifty Holy Days

‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’ (John 6:35)

During the Fifty Holy Days, we become acquainted with our Heavenly Bridegroom and discover the power of His divinity, His abundant mercy, His promise to us for eternal life, and sitting with Him in the heavenly places. As we reflect on His loving actions towards us, we become happy, and no one can take away our joy.

Christ is the Heavenly Bread that feeds the spirit and satisfies it so that it may remain alive and grow. He is the Incarnate Word; with His word He raises us to the new life and with His body, the Heavenly Bread, He makes us abide in Him.

Jesus answered them and said, “most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.” (John 6:26) Many people do not seek God except to ask Him to stretch His hands and give them their temporary needs. Jesus told them, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life which the Son of Man will give you because God the father has set His seal on Him.” (John 6:27) Jesus is the bread that comes down from heaven. He is the bread that gives satisfaction as He is the wisdom of God, the Eucharist that grants eternal life.

‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?

They asked Him how they may accomplish divine works, or the works according to God’s pleasure. The answer came: to believe in Him whom He sent. This is the work of God, “that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’ (John 6:35)

Christ declares His divinity, for whoever comes to Him will be filled and will never hunger. Now I have come to fulfill My promise in its time. “I am the bread of life”, not corporeal bread, for it does not just satisfy the feeling of hunger and free the body from destruction caused by hunger, but it forms the whole living being once more toward everlasting life. The human being thus created lives forever conquering death.

These words refer to the life and blessing we obtain through His holy body. Through His holy body the special characteristic of the only Son, that is life, is transferred to us. He feeds us to everlasting life by means of the provisions of the Holy Spirit, and partaking of His special body that pours in us communion with God and conquers death that overcame us.

In partaking of His body and blood, Christ’s holy body gives life to them who have the body in them and preserves them totally in incorruption because His body blends with their bodies. When we approach that divine, heavenly blessing, by that only we vanquish Satan’s deception and as we become partakers of the divine nature, we rise to life and incorruption. (2 Pet 1:4)