“I am the bread of life”
Manna from Heaven - After the Israelites had fled from Egypt into the desert. God took care of his people and made sure that they did not go hungry. Today Jesus and his friends are in the seaside town of Capernaum. Many people had heard about Jesus feeding the 5000 people with five loaves and two fishes so they all came looking for him. Many came for the wrong reasons.
Jesus you are the bread of life, you give yourself to us in Holy Communion as you gave yourself to your friends at the last supper. Thank you for giving yourself to us to give us life.
Jesus the bread of life.
Jesus our bread of life.
A reading from the Good News given to us by St John.
Glory to you, Lord.
After the feeding of the 5000, when people saw that Jesus and his friends were no longer on the hillside they got into their boats and sailed to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found Jesus on the other side of the sea, they said to him, ‘Why did you come here?’ Jesus answered, ‘You are only looking for me because I gave you bread to eat. Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for the food of everlasting life. ‘I am the bread of life: anyone who comes to me will never be hungry; and those who believe in me shall never thirst.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
● What is taken up to the altar at Mass in a special dish or cup and given to the priest?
● The priest takes the bread to the altar and says: ‘Blessed are you, Lord of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.’
● In Holy Communion we receive Jesus, the bread of life.
● Each time we come to Mass and offer bread we remember that Jesus is the bread of life and that he died for us on Calvary. In Holy Communion Jesus is our bread of life.
Dear Lord, you gave Moses and the Israelites manna to eat in the desert.
We ask you to help all those people who are hungry in the world.
Help us to be generous
By sharing what we have with others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
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