Living Bread in Christ

WEDNESDAY: Third Week of Easter

Acts 8:1-8/Ps.65:1-7/Jn.6:35-40

Living Bread in Christ

God enriched us with grace and faith that we may embody all his qualities and voluntarily participate in his suffering for the salvation of the world. God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. He can do whatever wills to enjoy perfect happiness. Instead, God of his own volition became a sufferer in solidarity with us, to guide us back towards eternal happiness.

Christians, therefore, because they embody Christ and adopt his persona, ultimately will also share in his passion, death and resurrection. Authentic Christianity and discipleship with Christ must transform us into real copies of Christ. When Christ challenged his disciples to be perfect as God is (Matt.5:48), Christ was alluding to that fact that we should all become living Beatitudes in a disordered world so much in need of salvation and redemption. In other words, we must all learn to participate humbly and obediently in God's plan of salvation for the world.

The notion of the Eucharist in this context does not exclude us. Remember! That we too must be part of that same living bread with Christ. For he who humbled himself to share in our humanity wishes that we share in his divinity. If we share in the divinity of Christ, then we must also become, like Christ, living bread for others. Stephen's death is a type of the Eucharistic sacrifice of Christ. That is a mystery. However, Christ stated, anyone who wants to be his disciple must willingly take up his cross and follow him - meaning, imitate him. Stephen did just what Christ request of him. Thus, my friends take courage when trials come our way. Through Baptism into Christ, we become living bread blessed and broken in Christ, for others.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me a share in your existence and your being.

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