Our Dependence on Bread & Water
by Kaitlyn Clare Elizabeth Mason
Ever noticed that humans are completely dependent on food and drink? We literally can’t survive without food and drink. I find it fascinating that God wired us this way.
In order for mankind to survive, we must quench our thirst. We must make and accept the sacrifice of plants and other animals, kill them, ingest and feed on them, derive nutrients from them, and turn those nutrients into energy that we can use to move and live.
And yet Jesus reminds us that, “One does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
Furthermore, in the book of John we learn that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). And that, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life (John 3:16).
God gives us bread to eat and to nourish our bodies. But He also gives us the bread of life in and through the Word made flesh – His Son, Jesus Christ!
Jesus also tells us that, “whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).
God gives us drink to quench our thirst and fuel our bodies. But He also gives us living water in and through His Son, Jesus Christ!
How awesome is this??
In order for mankind to survive, we must quench our thirst. We must make and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, understand that He was killed because of us and for us, ingest and feed on His body and blood, derive graces from them, and turn those graces into loving action that we can use to carry out God’s will on earth. In this way, it is “in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
This is what Christ instituted in the Eucharist! (see Luke 22)
We never neglect to partake in daily meals at home, and yet we have a beautiful, tangible sacrament available to us each day in the Eucharist. At any moment in time, there is a Catholic Mass going on somewhere in the world, and the Eucharist is being offered for us. How incredibly beautiful and powerful!
The sacrifice of the Eucharist is God’s invitation to us to physically and spiritually live on the bread that is the Word made flesh. Thanks be to God!
Copyright 2016 Kaitlyn Mason