JOHN 6: 51-58 GIFT OF BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
I am the living bread from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh, and I will give it for the life of the world.”
The Jew were arguing among themselves, ” How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
So Jesus replied, ” Truly, I say ti you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drink my blood lives eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is really food, and my blood is truly drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me, and I in them. Just as the Father who is life, sent me, and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread from heaven; not like that of your ancestors. Who eat and later died. Those who eats this bread will live forever.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
There is a saying that goes ” We become what we eat and drink.” The gospel of the day is about the gift of the body and blood of Christ to us. Brothers and sisters this is the gift of the Holy sacrament where in, symbolically, we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ during the Holy Communion.
This is not only about the ceremonial practice that we usually do during attendance of masses but more of how we become Christ like in our daily chores and activities.
When we say “Eating the flesh of the Son” , we mean to offer or dedicate our temporal body in the same way Jesus had done while He was with us some two thousand years ago. And “Drinking the blood of the Son” means living a life not just in the comfort of this world but in the discomfort of this world to win the kingdom of God in heaven.
When Jesus said ” those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I in them”, He mean that by embracing the procedural growth in the Christian community would lead us to him and he would be with us till eternity. It is true that we all need substantial food and drink to satisfy this temporal body but more we need the food and drink of the spirit’s presence to nourish our soul unto the Father.