Jesus desires that every single person would know His living promise: "I am the bread of life; Whoever comes to me will never hunger, And whoever believes in me will never thirst" (John 6:35).
Saint Stephen received this Bread of Life. As he gazed into the heavens at the face of Jesus in the First Reading today, he beheld the glory of God. Although he was surrounded by an angry mob who stoned him to death, he did not hunger or thirst.
Saint Louis de Montfort received this Bread of Life. He requested to serve in the foreign missions, but followed God’s will as a diocesan priest in France. He preached parish missions and recommended daily Communion, which was not the custom in the 1700s. The Eucharist was his life!
Saint Peter Chanel received this Bread of Life. As a Marist missionary priest to the people on the Island of Futuna in the Pacific Ocean, the Eucharist was his strength. In 1841, the king’s son asked for Baptism. The king ordered that Saint Peter be clubbed to death. The whole island converted within five months of his death. He did not hunger or thirst.
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla received this Bread of Life. She went to daily Mass with her family and her uncle and two of her brothers were priests. In 1962, she developed fibroma in her uterus during her fourth pregnancy and heroically refused to abort her fourth child. She insisted that the doctors save the child’s life over her own. Seven days after the birth of her daughter, Jesus was so close to her as she peacefully died with the words, “Jesus, I love you” on her lips.
During these hard times, draw hope, be inspired, and see the joy that comes from Jesus Himself, the Bread of Life.
Make a spiritual communion today as we can still invite Our Lord into our hearts even if we cannot receive Him physically.
Rose Coleman is a contemplative in action who delights in all things beautiful. Her adventurous heart has traveled many places—from circumnavigating the globe on a ship during college to some years in the convent as a religious sister. Exuberant from her childhood, she is an elementary school teacher who learns so much from her students. She is a contributing author to our children's devotional prayer book called Rise Up and the author of our Blessed Conversations: Ways to Pray study found here. You can find out more about her here.