However, Jesus rejected their efforts. He wasn’t interested in becoming an earthly king, and He didn’t want the people to settle for something so minor. Instead, He wanted to raise their sights and expectations. Over the next few Sundays we will see Him telling them that this miracle pointed to the greatest miracle of all; that miracle being God sharing His divine life with sinful humanity.
Jesus wants to do more than sustain our earthly existence. He wants to change our very hearts into His. In the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, Holy Communion, He invites us to find life in His body and blood. Many have said that the Eucharist is a security deposit for our coming glory or have referred to it as the medicine of our immortality, the antidote for spiritual death. The food that helps us raise our sights and expectations to focus, not on our worldly existence, but on our relationship with our Creator.
When we approach the table of the Lord, we expect — healing, pardon, comfort and rest. These are all parts of the gift of the Eucharist. Yet, God has a much higher and more powerful agenda: union with Him. Just as bodily nourishment restores our loss of energy, the Eucharist restores us in love and reveals the power and mercy of our Heavenly Father — and does so in a personal, intimate way.
Jesus wants to transform us from the inside out. He wants to empower us so that we can walk in this world with the confidence and authority that He has. Today and every day, Jesus calls us to “raise” our sights and expectations! “Let My body and blood transform you! There is so much I want to accomplish through you!”