Food is essential. All living things on this planet need to eat to survive and thrive. In this sermon, based on John 6, I look at the power of food to connect life. In particular, I focus on the Bread of Life - a title that Jesus claims for himself in John's Gospel. Jesus offers his life to connect the world to God. When we look closer at this bold claim, we see that Jesus' life consists of compassion, grace, kindness, humility, generosity, peace, and a desire for justice. I share a few stories from a Meal Share experience that the youth from St. James had at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston - as we leaned into Jesus' love and sought to share a simple meal with others. Jesus shares his life through acts of love and invites us into the same kind of life-connecting living.