The Bread of Life Discourse
by Andrew Aldujaili
The bread of Life discourse is described in the Gospel of John, chapter 6 when Christ approached his Apostles, Disciples, and the crowd of people on the topic of how one can save their soul from eternal damnation by consuming the body and blood of Christ, literally.
When Christ told the followers that they were going to have to eat his body and drink his blood, many did not understand the resemblance to the Jews wandering in the desert with Moses and the mana falling for the sky which nourished the Jews till they reached the promised land. many of the followers thought Christ would turn them into Cannibals and left Christ as a false prophet. Even the Apostles were confused about this, but Then Christ explained...
Christ will not make you consume his physical body, but the Real Presence of Christ will be infused into the Eucharist at the Breaking of Bread which Christ shared with the Apostles later at the last supper and allowed them to share this holy gift from God with the laity of the church at the Mass.
Christ is and forever will be present in the Eucharist if it is properly administered at the mass as it gives us eternal life and the ability to meet God by his side in heaven when our time comes. Although the multitude of Jews did not understand and abandoned God, we now know what he meant when he said, "unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink" (John 6:53-55).
1. If you were there listening to Christ speak, would you have stayed to listen to him all the way through, or would you have followed the flow and left Jesus along with all the Jews?
2. Do yo think that the real presence in the Eucharist makes us Cannibals?
Thank you for reading and I hope you you take to heart the healing power of the Eucharist, what Christ went through for our salvation, and sometimes you have to step back and go against the flow in order to learn the full truth.