Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent: The bread that came down from heaven

From the gospel of the daily office readings: “This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

Synagogue at Capernaum

John 6:52-59
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

Let us pray.
Lord Christ, teach us to open our minds to your word, and fill us with your presence when we gather at the Holy Table. Amen.

Photo: Byzantine ruins of a synagogue at Capernaum, built on ruins of a first-century synagogue. This is possibly the place where Jesus taught. Photo by yours truly.

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  1. barbara says:

    Been to Capernaum and know the site. As a newly licensed EM this was an especially meaningful reading.