Word of God as Food: Implications for Eucharistic Theology

The Word of God as Food: Implications for Eucharistic Theology
Luke Emehiele Ijez

This paper examines the biblical portrayal of the word of God as something that can be eaten. This imagery provokes some thoughts on the relationship between the word of God and the Eucharist. The paper responds to the question posed in the Lineamenta of the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
(2008) on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”. According to the Lineamenta, it was the felt close relationship between the Eucharist and the Word of God that motivated the choice of the theme “Word of God” for the Synod as the previous Synod was on the Eucharist. The question then is: In what ways can one better explain the close relationship between the Eucharist and the Word of God?