In today's first reading, we read about the martyrdom of St. Stephen. Our Gospel reading continues in John 6 with what is known as the Bread of Life discourse.
This is the first time we hear Jesus say, "I am the bread of life." But before that, He talks about the bread "which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." The people say to Jesus, "Sir, give us this bread always."
Little did they know that request would be answered for all Christians for all time. Jesus knew, though. He was speaking to them about the Eucharist. Now here we are 2000 years later, and Christians have the opportunity to partake in this heavenly bread. Since the Last Supper, they always have, and always will, until Jesus returns.
Father, we thank you for the Bread of Life - Jesus, truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist. Thank you for giving us this bread always. Amen.
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