Pastoral reflection on “I am the bread of Life”
When I was growing up, Saturday was so special because it was bread baking day!!! Swedish rye bread, caramel rolls, and buns. There was something welcoming, comforting, inviting, and just plain good about that. The home I grew up in had bread as a food group of its own - no meal was complete without it.
The “I AM” statements of Jesus speak to me answering the question, “Who is Jesus?” It is Jesus himself who says, “I am the bread of life.” Jesus is this bread of life that feeds us. Jesus, as the bread of Life, is not only welcoming, comforting and inviting; but also feeds our need to be nourished, forgiven, loved (unconditionally), and healed. Bread - Jesus - is needed to grow and live. And like that Saturday morning bread of my youth, Jesus gives a sense of belonging and identity.
I am reminded of the meal of bread and wine that Jesus invites us to, a meal in which he is present in body and blood. The word goes out to us, “Come and eat.” It is a meal that we celebrate together at the table of the gathered community of faith. Unlike many of the meals I have gone to over the years, in the churches where I have served, this is not a potluck. Jesus is the host and provides it all.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good...” – Psalm 34:8
“Come Lord Jesus be our guest, and let this food to us be blest.” And Lord, thank you for all that is good. Amen.