“Lord, give us this bread always” (Jn 6:34).
Early Christians were accused of cannibalism. The Lord said, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (v 56). Immediately He was misunderstood, and continues to be!
It reminds me of the Yanomami, an indigenous tribe living in the Amazon. They consume the cremated bones of a deceased kinsman, attempting to keep the spirit of that person alive. The ashes are mixed with a kind of soup made from bananas. I’m sure the bananas do some good; the rest is a hope as vain as those who believe eternal life is gained if one actually consumes Christ’s body and blood. No, He told His disciples: “What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing” (vv 62-63). First, I plan on taking My body with Me into heaven! And it is a spiritual lesson I’m teaching: receive Me for your soul’s needs as you receive bread for your body. “Lord, give us this bread always.”