Food, Glorious Food!

John 4:34

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.”

It is a curious fact that while moderns identify sex as the location of Christian virtue and sin, Scripture tends to locate it in the stomach.  The fall happens, not when Adam and Eve obey the divine command to be fruitful and multiply, but when they disobey the divine command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Likewise, salvation is given us through a ritual meal (“Take, eat: this is my body”) that is more than just a ritual, but the highest form of communion between God and man that is possible in this life.  So Jesus is about more than mere figures of speech in today’s verse.  God’s will was indeed his food and Jesus, the bread of life and the will of God for us, has made himself our food in the holy Eucharist.  Today, receive that bread, that will, that life into yourself in all his fullness.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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