"Our Food: Invitation to Faith"
August 7, 2005Email to a FriendPrint
The Bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. John 6:33
God revealed the glory of His love when, in Old Testament times, He fed His people with heavenly manna and caused water to flow from a rock.
No less did Jesus reveal loving concern when at Cana He performed His first miracle by turning water into wine. Later He was to feed thousands by miraculously multiplying a few barley loaves and fishes. By all these acts He manifested His grace and glory.
The Lord reveals the glory of His love even when no apparent miracle accompanies our eating and drinking. Three times a day we sit down to meals to eat and drink what we bought in the supermarket or raised in our garden. Our own earnings and efforts, we think, have provided all this.
Yet, is there not a chain of divine acts of love involved? God gives rain and sunshine so that crops can grow. God sustains our life through these means. God gives wisdom, strength, and health so that we can work for our food and drink. These are daily occurrences, but they speak just as eloquently of divine providence as do astounding miracles.
Above all our Lord and Savior revealed His love by coming into our world to die that we might live. He came to be the Bread of Life and the Living Water. Jesus did not become this by simply speaking the words. He had to do the works the heavenly Father sent Him to do. He rendered obedience to the Law that humanity had transgressed, endured the consequences – suffering and death – and rose again in demonstration of His victory. What is the result for us? Our souls are nourished and refreshed with the bread and water of life – with forgiveness and peace with God.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for your gifts of daily bread and water which nourish our bodies and for Your gift of Jesus Christ, through whom we have eternal life with You. Amen.
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