5th of May

Publié le 5 Mai 2022

Gospel text

(Jn 6:44-51): 

 

Jesus said to the crowds: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

 

The Application

 

If the incarnation was the greatest and most beautiful gift that God offered to humanity, the Eucharist is the greatest gift of Jesus to man, in a personal way. By his death and resurrection, Jesus made us worthy to receive him, and he chose in the Eucharist to disappear in our flesh. It is not we who deserve him, it is he who has chosen us. We must never forget that everything is providential for believers. The Living Bread makes us to live, not only in our humanity, but it makes us live in his divinity. We all become heirs, children of God. He has made us worthy, as the father restored the prodigal son. So let us listen like Philip, and remain faithful to the mission that each of us has received from the Lord.

 

Action of the day: Be faithful to mission and grateful to the Eucharist.

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven”

 

Fr. Pere MONTAGUT i Piquet

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, we sing to the Lord whom we receive the glory and the triumph from. The Risen Lord presents himself to his Church with that “I am whom I am” that identifies him as a source of salvation: “I am the bread of life” (Jn 6:48). The community gathered around Him who is Alive, by way of thanks, lovingly recognizes him and accepts God's instruction, now known as the Father's teachings. Christ, immortal and glorious reminds us again that the Father is the true protagonist of everything. Those who listen and believe live in communion with Him who comes from God, with the only one who has seen him and, thus, faith is the very beginning of eternal life.

The living bread is Jesus. It is not nourishment we assimilate for us but that assimilates us. It makes us feel hungry for God, thirsty for listening to his Word, which is, our heart's rejoicing and joy. The Eucharist is an anticipation of the heavenly glory: “We divide the bread, the medicine of immortality, the antidote we take in order not to die but to live forever in Jesus Christ” (Saint Ignatius of Antioch). Our communion with the flesh of Christ risen must get us used to all that comes down from Heaven, that is, to beg, receive and assume our true condition: we are made for God and only him can fully satisfy our hunger.

But this living bread will not only one day make us live beyond our physical death, but we receive it now “for the life of the world” (Jn 6:51). The Father's design, who did not create us to die, is tied to love and faith. He demands a present, free and personal reply to his initiative. Each time we eat from that bread, let us go deeper into the very Love! We do not live anymore for ourselves; we do not live anymore in error. The world is precious because there is He who keeps on loving it to the end, because there is a Sacrifice out of which we all benefit, even those who ignore it.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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