PREPARE THE FOOD
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:51-58)
What foods do you like to eat? I come from a food family. My mom was an Italian caterer by trade where Thanksgiving is her high holiday. All of my seven children are gourmet cooks and health nuts rolled into one. My husband also likes to cook. I, however, am not a food fan; I like about five foods.
What would a celebration be without food? Food, I was told, is what all families do to celebrate. We were the family that held eating around the dinner table as a priority.
When it comes to your interior life, what are you feeding on? TV, movies, wayward friends, family gossip, or romance novels? One of the best ways to prepare the food that will feed your soul during Advent is going to daily mass. I love the mass and if I am able I am thankful to be there. Some days are better than others.
It is at the mass where Jesus feeds the soul. He is the bread of life! He feeds us both in the Eucharist and from the Word of God. When I go forward to receive my Jesus, “body, blood, soul, and divinity,” I go forward with expectant faith. He is the guardian of our souls. The Eucharist is the perfect food, like mother’s milk for her baby, or manna for the Israelites, God still feeds His people. What is the body & blood of Christ doing on the inside as we receive Him? It may be healing a hurt, a disappointment, or a fault. My Heavenly Father knows best! We put our trust in Him. What we do know is that He said, “When you eat this bread and drink this cup, you have life within you.” The sacraments are an outward sign instituted by Christ to give us grace. This grace we receive, even though unseen, is bestowed in abundance. It is unmerited favor. The daily mass is for those who are hungry for the food that feeds the soul and they want to eat more than one meal a week. How hungry are you?
One day I was complaining to God about not having a home. I said, Father, I do not have a home! I live in two states & we travel all around the country. Where do we fit? I, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, cried out, “A HOME!” So what did my Heavenly Father say? In the quiet of my heart, my Father answered. “Ellen, make your home in me.” I feel the most at home in the mass. Deacon Pat says, “Mass is most like heaven and thus the “real world” because the everyday world we live in will pass away.”
When I was a little girl, my daddy used to say, “Jesus shouldn’t be your whole life,;He should be a part of your life.” My daddy was wrong. Jesus wants to be the center of your heart and your life. Jesus wants us to live and move and have our being in Him. When things are great and joy fills your soul, run to Jesus. When trials knock on the door of your life and you feel you cannot go on, run to Jesus. He will jump for joy with you and he will walk with you in the storm. If you make your home in Him, He will feed you. He alone has the food for eternal life. Who is hungry? Who is thirsty?
What happened when the wine ran out at the wedding feast of Cana? He took the empty jugs and created the new wine. Is anyone empty? Who needs the new wine of His Holy Spirit? Then, as the Blessed Mother said, “Do whatever He tells you.” He will provide the wine. Go to him this Advent at mass, in the adoration chapel, in prayer, or bible study. Let him feed you. Are you hungry?