Have you ever found yourself still looking for something to eat or drink after you’ve had a full meal? I have to admit that sometimes I forage through the refrigerator for anything to top off whatever I have eaten because I’m just not satisfied. What am I really looking for?
Perhaps my want for satisfaction runs deeper than what I can find in the fridge or cupboard. Of course, a nice glass of wine or a homemade chocolate chip cookie can quell my palate temporarily, but if I am completely honest with myself, there is something else going on. Have you ever had that feeling?
Oftentimes, we hunger and thirst but not for food or drink. What do we really want? We all know that life itself is not always satisfying as it can fall short of our expectations. We are left searching for something more than what we have, but we do not know what it is exactly or where to find it. Our Savior Jesus Christ knows. “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst,” said Jesus [John 6:35].
Body and Blood of Christ
Even with those assuring words from our Savior, I still find myself searching for satisfaction. Maybe I search because part of me is not fully confident in Our Lord’s promise. That promise comes in the bread and wine—the body and blood of Christ—that we consume at Mass. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,” said Jesus [John 6:54].
Christ presents Himself in this life-giving sacrament. “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,” said Jesus [John 6:57]. Giving us His body, blood, soul, and divinity, Christ gives Himself to us so that we can become one with Him as He is one with God.
However, if we take in the Holy Eucharist, but hold back ourselves spiritually and emotionally, we deny ourselves the fullness of the life God wants for each of us. We deny ourselves the fullness of God’s grace. We deny ourselves the full satisfaction that only Our Lord can provide. The more we give of ourselves, the more we receive.
Therefore, when we receive the Holy Eucharist, let us do so physically, emotionally, and spiritually because through Christ, we see life as it is supposed to be lived—for the Kingdom of God. “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied,” said Our Lord [Matthew: 5:6]. We hunger, we thirst, we yearn, we strive to be better than what we are for a greater purpose than what our earthly life has to offer.
Giving us His Son, God offers us life that is filled with faith, hope, and love. “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me,” said Jesus [John 4:34] and Christ shares His food with us. As we receive our fill, let us invite others to Our Lord’s table to help feed our world. Together, with Our Lord, our hunger and thirst will be satisfied. Amen.