FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD
“This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” (Jn 6: 50-51)
What kinds of “life” and “death” is Christ talking about here? The kinds that begin already here, in this world. The Son of God has come “down from heaven,” has inserted Himself into our physical world, in the flesh, to share with us true life, in Him. He offers us communion/participation in His physical Body and Blood, that we may, already here, “have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10: 10). He shares with me His human-divine Being, sweeping me up into the unity God intended for us in the first place, with Him and one another, in comm.-union. In Christ, I am saved from the “death” of meaninglessness; of a self-isolated, merely-human existence that misses the whole point God has in mind for me, and that is, unity with Him and all of His creation.
So today, as I prepare for Holy Communion, I offer myself, with all my strengths and weaknesses, to One Who offers His life-giving Self to me, again and again. “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2: 20)