Tuesday, April 17, 2018

“If it is "daily bread," why do you take it once or twice a year? - Since Christ Himself has said, "This is My Body" who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?”

In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.- Pope Benedict XVI

Gospel text: (JN 6:30-35)
The crowd said to Jesus:
"What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

He gave them bread from heaven to eat."

So Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world."

So they said to Jesus,
"Sir, give us this bread always."
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst."

All of us look for something to satisfy the deepest longings and most abiding hungers of our lives. We look for something to fill the emptiness, to ease our anxiety, and to make us whole. Sometimes we never find the healing and peace we so desperately need because we seek it in things that can only disappoint us. Instead of wasting our time—and our lives—on “food” that can only leave us morally and spiritually famished, we need only to open ourselves to Jesus, “the bread of life” who offers himself to us every moment of every day, especially in the Eucharist.

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