Jesus, Bread of Life
By Mrs. Cindy Ramos, 2A Teacher
White bread, rye bread, wheat bread, pita bread, sweet bread, and taro bread! Perhaps no food comes in as many varieties as bread, known as the staff of life. Because bread is so basic to our life, God was wise to nourish us with divine life in the form of bread, the Eucharist.
In preparation for First Eucharist, our second graders attended a half day retreat in our Food Court. What a perfect place to discuss bread!
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life….I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (John 6:48, 51). This was not just a figure of speech. Jesus meant the words literally. At the Last Supper the night before he died, he held bread in his hands and said to his friends, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). Ever since then Christians have been celebrating the breaking of the bread. We come together to share a meal and be fed with the bread and wine that is Jesus. The Eucharist is a gift of Jesus’ love through which we remember his death and resurrection and share in them.
Students opened the retreat with prayer, heard readings from the bible, sang songs, heard the parable of Jesus feeding 5,000 people, adorned a paper chalice with gems, and kneaded and made bread! This hands- on retreat will be remembered forever!