Reflection: I am the Bread of Life

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

One of my favorite spiritual recording artists is John Michael Talbot. JMT, as I will call him, is the founder of the Little Portion Priory, a Roman Catholic group of men and women based in Texas.  JMT’s music is meditational, and it has allowed me, over the years, time to sit and reflect on the words of the song without a lot of shouting and banging on in the background of so much of today’s spiritual music.

In 1989, JMT released a new song called, “I am the Bread of Life” that is based on the scripture passage I have quoted above.  Here are the lyrics to the song:

I am the Bread of Life
All who eat this Bread will never die
I am God’s love revealed
I am broken that you might be healed

All who eat of this heavenly Bread
All who drink this cup of the covenant
You will live forever for I will raise you up

I am the Bread of Life
All who eat this Bread will never die
I am God’s love revealed
I am broken that you might be healed

No one who comes to Me shall ever hunger again
No one who believes shall ever thirst
All that the Father draws shall come to Me
And I will give them rest

I am the Bread of Life
All who eat this Bread will never die
I am God’s love revealed
I am broken that you might be healed

For the ancients, and for many today, bread is a staple of their diet and to have a meal without bread would be incomplete. With these words of Jesus he is telling us that he is what completes us on a spiritual level and although we hunger for more and thirst for more, with him, we will be satisfied as he is the bread of life.

This song and the associated scripture is a reminder to us that spiritually if we come to Jesus, we shall never hunger or thirst again. Many of us are always searching for that thing, that something, that will complete us on a spiritual level when it is right there in front of us. What do we hunger and thirst for?