“I am the bread of life”
Jesus provided people with food for their bodies as well as food for their minds and spirits. He underlined the importance of the latter in the desert when He responded to the devil with the words
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4)
In the picture that He painted of Himself as the Vine and His followers as the branches He made it clear that we are to draw our true life-giving and enabling sustenance from Him. And then at the Last Supper He took the illustration even further when He demonstrated that we are in fact to feed on Him and His sacrificial and saving Life. The glorious Sacrament of the Eucharist – the Holy Communion – is one of the ways in which we consciously, by grace and through faith, receive and feed on the deep reality of Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, who died that we might have life.
As much as we need daily bread for our bodies so do we need the bread of His word for our minds and the bread of His essential Being for our own spirits. The new life that He gives us is a life that we receive from Him and live in and through Him.
Paul helps us to see this as He says
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13)
This feeding on and from Christ is not just a conceptual idea but an everyday reality. We feed our minds on His written word of Scripture. We feed our spirits through communion with Him in prayer. And we draw our daily strength from Him throughout the day by consciously ‘breathing in’ His presence, His love and His strength as we need it.
Jesus alone is the Foundation and Fulfilment of our life. All else is at best a passing pleasure or pain.
This is not a time for neglectful fasting but of feeding on God to the fullest.
Lord Jesus I cannot live this life by myself. Help me to feed on You for the Love, the Guidance and the Strength that I need every day. Amen.