Jesus is really trying to drive home a message in today's gospel. As Christians, we need to eat to live. Just as the Israelites were dependent on the manna sent from heaven, we too must be completely dependent on the Eucharist for our nourishment.
One more thing: St. Stephen was the first martyr. What I admire about this gospel passage is his complete focus on Christ. Even amidst the stoning, he is looking at Christ. It is so easy to become distracted the minute a hardship comes my way. Keeping my focus on Christ puts the challenges and circumstances in my life
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me the food that satisfies. Help me to stay focused on you, especially during the challenges of raising children. St. Stephen, pray for me. Amen.