Too often people are satisfied with spiritual comfort food. Or even worse: junk food. But as we know, we don’t stay healthy that way. Junk food of comfort food may give us great experiences for our taste buds or give us an illusion of being well fed but we stay -in long run- malnourished. Then we don’t even crave for real food anymore.
There will come a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. They will collect teachers who say what they want to hear because they are self-centered. They will turn their back on the truth and turn to myths. (2 Tim. 4: 3-4, CEB)
Spiritual food with empty calories just does not take hunger away. If we don’t get solid spiritual food we become spiritually malnourished. Just as junk food is bad for our bodies, spiritual junk food leaves our souls starving to death.
“Don’t work for the food that doesn’t last but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Human One will give you. God the Father has confirmed him as his agent to give life.” (John 6:27, CEB)
Jesus is our Heavenly Father’s gift for us. God sent his only son to the world to be our Living Bread. God draws us to Jesus and when we believe in him we will live forever. Jesus came to the world to give life and more life.
Jesus said to them, “I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Human One and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me lives because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. It isn’t like the bread your ancestors ate, and then they died. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6: 53-58, CEB)
Manna came from heaven but wasn’t the Bread of Life. But Jesus is and we need to eat and drink Jesus. This certainly refers to the Eucharist but it ultimately points out to the cross where Jesus gave his body and blood for our sake.
How can we eat Jesus?
By reading the Word of God.
By taking the Eucharist.
By practicing faith.
By embracing grace.
By sharing grace.
By living in grace.
What happens when we eat Jesus?
When we eat Jesus every cell of our being receives atoms of Jesus.
When we eat Jesus we participate in his death AND resurrection.
When we eat Jesus, our souls are well nourished.
When we eat Jesus, we will live forever.
When we eat Jesus, we are part of the body of Christ.
Feed us with your love and grace.
Don’t let us get addicted to spiritual junk food.
Cleanse us inside out.
Give us healthy and hearty food.
Give us Jesus.
Give us the cross and resurrection.
Give us grace upon grace and
life upon life.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you spiritually well nourished? How do you eat Jesus?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you seek ways to eat Jesus in your every day life!
Giving thanks today for
#201 the gift of Jesus
#202 the mystery of the Eucharist
#203 Jesus giving his body and blood for us
#204 being part of the body of Christ
#205 eternal life in Jesus
#206 the gift and mystery of faith
#207 radical power of God
#208 saving grace
#209 solid spiritual food in Jesus
#210 the awesomeness of the Word of God