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In a beautiful little book by Monika Hellwig, The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World, she says: “Never really to be hungry is to be in danger of forgetting that our very existence is a gift – in danger of forgetting reverence and gratitude to the source of our being, the transcendent creator.” The crowd in today’s Gospel got that. They asked for the true bread from heaven, and Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger….”

What do we ask for? If it is things, an ever-higher standard of living, prestige, control, we’ll always be hungry. For they don’t really give back. And we remain wounded. If we hunger for God, for the true bread from heaven, we will experience healing of wounds. For they give back abundantly.

We have that true bread in the Eucharist. Received in faith, with reverence and gratitude, the Eucharist satisfies the hunger of the heart.