“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John: 6:33)
Do you have a cookbook by you or a family member, one made by collecting favorite recipes? I bet you have eaten food and said to yourself “Not like mom used to make” or stated quite the opposite, “Just like how mom used to make.”
When we go out to eat, we may experience various foods such as a Chinese restaurant or a fast food place or a steakhouse. We know a hamburger from Burger King is much different than from home.
All recipes have origins, which evolve and change as people make up their own formulas, specially designed for franchise restaurants. We know this type of fast food is bad for us, but we still crave it and tend to be temporarily satisfied with junk food. Why is that?
Now when it comes to the ingredients, have you ever heard of ersatz? This is an inferior product of the real thing or a substitution.
The Bread of Life
The Bread of Life offered by the Church is true food, real food, not junk. Every Catholic Church has the same formalities everywhere, though the priest may be different and the choir may sing other songs instead of just telling them.
Jesus promised the true bread from heaven would never change, could never be altered. The Eucharist will always give true life to the world because it will nourish our spirits:
So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” ( John 6: 32,33)
Will you choose to always join in the heavenly banquet at the one place, the Catholic Church, which has always provided the true bread of life for over 2,000 years?
“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'” (CCC 1323)