Beyond Daily Bread: Spiritual Nourishment – Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Matthias

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Fr Matthias gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on Apr 16, 2024, on the Eucharist as the ultimate fulfillment of our spiritual hunger and thirst, transcending our daily focus on physical sustenance.

Father highlighted our innate desires to eat and drink, given by God as a fundamental aspect of life, emphasizing how these desires, when unchecked, can lead to gluttony. Yet, the primary focus is on a deeper hunger and thirst that only Christ can satisfy through the Eucharist. He compares this to our daily preoccupations with physical food, which while necessary, can overshadow the profound spiritual nourishment offered by God through the Eucharist. The saints, who dedicated significant time to the Blessed Sacrament, exemplify prioritizing this divine gift, recognizing it as the true essence of life. This spiritual nourishment promises eternal satisfaction and fulfills God's promise of life to its fullest, as echoed in the scripture "the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world" (John 6:33 - The bread of God gives life to the world -

Further Reading - Catechism of the Catholic Church
CCC 1324 - The Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life -
CCC 1391 - The Eucharist's effect of spiritual nourishment -
CCC 1412 - The essential signs of the Eucharistic sacrament -

00:00 – Introduction to Human Instincts and Survival
00:24 – The Fundamental Desire to Live
00:39 – Challenges of Gluttony
01:05 – The Eucharist: Fulfilling Spiritual Hunger
02:00 – Daily Life and the Pursuit of Food
02:27 – Time Spent on Food Preparation and Consumption
03:27 – Deeper Desires Satiated Through the Eucharist
04:20 – The Bread from Heaven and Eternal Satisfaction

Ave Maria!

Mass: Tuesday 3rd Week of Easter - Wkdy
Readings:  -
1st: act 7:51-8:1
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21
Gsp: joh 6:30-35

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