Today’s readings can be found here.
As has been the theme throughout these recent days, the Eucharist is at the heart of our Gospel today. Today the people ask Jesus to, “give us this bread always.” If only that could become our own prayer, “Lord, give me this bread always.” The good news is that he does! Today, as I was preaching to school kids who had just made their 1st Communion, I told them to take these words to heart, “give us this bread always.” That their 1st Communion not be their last communion.
We have to eat everyday, and we try (though fail), to eat a healthy, balanced diet. We know that we cannot survive by saying, “well I had my veggies yesterday on May 1st, now I’m good for the month.” We have to continue to nourish ourselves physically. So it is even more true spiritually. This is why we go to Mass and received the Eucharist every Sunday. Pope Pius X even encouraged the practice of receiving the Eucharist on a daily basis. We don’t go to Mass to be entertained, we go to be nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. If that is our intent, then we will never be bored, but we will always find ourselves crying out, “give us this bread always.”