"I Desire the Bread of God..."

"I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life.  I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire His blood, which is love incorruptible."  -- St. Ignatius of Antioch ("Epistle to the Romans," c. 105 A.D.)

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, this cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.  (Luke 22:19-20)

People desire the things of the earth, that's a fact. Yet there is something in every one of us that desires the transcendent. We desire to take part of something that is beyond our comprehension....supernatural. It's sometimes hard to understand this desire. For those who haven't been baptized it seems unclear what the object of this desire is.

But, this desire is for Christ. It is the desire to partake of his body and blood and be in union with him. "Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one (Be Thou My Vision)." If only the world could see whom they desired! Joy would fill the hearts of all men. To finally be one with the God they desire. Nothing could compare!

The world seems so enticing, but O the desire for the body and blood of Christ, for love incorruptible!

Christ is so faithful in our times of trouble. His unfailing love always surrounds us in times of trial. He is the King of Glory, yet he is humble enough to give us himself in the Eucharist. O what love! The bread of angels has become the bread of men! When we think of this the world seems to fade away. No matter how much suffering and sin defiles us, Christ still calls to us in communion. He calls out, "Be reconciled with me, come and partake of all I have!" O that the world would hear this call loud and clear!

The world ultimately has nothing to offer, and pales in comparison to what Christ has for us in communion.

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.(Psalms 34:8)

Philip Huskey


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