“I tell you most solemnly, everybody who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.” (John 6:47-48)
Today’s Gospel (John 6:44-51) brings together all the themes we have been presented with during these days. The people started with a misunderstanding about bread and Jesus led them step-by-step to the full revelation: they must believe that he is the Bread of Life who gave his life for the life of the world on the Cross.
The Bread that is broken on the Cross for our salvation and the Bread that saves us through eating and becoming fully a part of our lives.
In 1807, Eugene portrayed this conviction to his friend, Emmanuel Gaultier de Claubry, who was being mistreated because he was a Christian:
So do not be at all shaken by the persecutions that come your way, for you know that that is our destiny, the Master having told us that “we will be hated universally on account of his name.(Luke 21:17)” That is why we must look for our joy solely in the various afflictions that befall us and the persecutions to which we are exposed, knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience.(James 1:23) Let us turn to God with fervour and we shall not be deceived, for the Lord’s eyes are on the just and his ears listen to their prayers.
Pope Francis has invited us to a new focus while enduring difficulties: