I am the bread of life Jesus says in our Gospel reading today. In fact he says one form or another of this throughout the passage. All we need to guide us, sustain us, can be found in him. One of the things our Eucharist, the personal intake of bread and wine, is meant to bring personally to us is this simple and direct constructed ordering of our life around this principle: I am the bread of life. All else pails in comparison. All else in life should revolve around this understanding of the central nature of Christ's involvement in our lives. All else should spring from it.
This is probably one of the hardest things we can do in life, to make this principle the central focus, the jumping off point, for our life. There are so many other ideas and distractions that take our attention away. It seems to me this is a lifetime's work: something to work at daily. The good news here is Jesus tells us.... that anyone who comes to me I will never drive away. There is such hope and confidence and love and patience in that one simple phrase. We just need to walk into that loving embrace.
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