Latimore, Kelly. La presentación de Cristo en el templo, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved February 1, 2020]. Original source:HERE.
“I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst…“ - John 6:25
What child is this?
During the season of Epiphany, it is a legitimate question.
Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple for dedication where they met Anna and Simeon who look upon him adoringly and blessed him.
They were not among the lofty, the powerful, nor the famed. They had spent decades doing one thing, awaiting one hope.
They represent all of the downtrodden, broken, wounded, common, poor souls who long, with hunger, for a bread that satisfies.
Then a baby showed up, tiny, vulnerable, and common.
Neither Christmas nor any Sunday of Epiphany is “International Babies Day” where we affirm the essential goodness and hope that gathers around each new birth. That would be fine, but we are dealing with something far more significant than that.
Our lives are at stake.
We are starving.
We celebrate the advent and source of life itself. Jesus is the Bread of Life without whom we slowly whither into lifeless shells of animated emptiness. He is the food that sustains. He is the source of our energy, the giver of nurture, and the fount of health. He feeds us and we grow.
He has always been the bread of life. Through Him, the Father created all things and through Him, all things have come into existence and continue to exist.
And He is the bread that is broken for us. Not only does He impart life to us, but He lays down His very life for us.
What child is this?
“This, this is Christ the King,” the essence of “beingness,” and the glue that holds the universe together. He is no mere cute, cuddly baby. As wonderful as that may be.
He is the Bread of Life.
As you celebrate Presentation Day and consider your own quest for satisfaction, consider Jesus Christ, the source of fulfillment.