6th of May

Publié le 5 Mai 2022

Gospel text

(Jn 6:52-59): 

 

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

 

The Application

 

Eating his flesh and drinking his blood is a true participation in the passion of Christ, for Jesus not only gives himself on the altar that we celebrate every day, but more importantly he gives himself daily on the Cross, for the remission of sin. Living a sinless life is already a step towards the holiness that Jesus offers to all believers. Take your own cross and follow me.  To take this cross in joy and freedom, participation in the Eucharist is imperative. 

 

This teaching was not comprehensible to his contemporaries, nor to the Lord's disciples, including Nicodemus, the teacher of the Law. Saul's call to Paul, a new birth, not through the Law, which Nicodemus was able to master, but through God's mercy, the forgiveness that Paul felt in that Damascus encounter. For this, God needed Ananias, to be called and sent. And, He needs us, all the baptised, to take the risk of going to our enemies, the lost children of the Lord.  In truth, to eat his flesh and drink his blood (which certainly came down from heaven), is to become the Christs, and for the world to be saved.   

 

Action of the day: Allow God to work in you.

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you.”

 

Fr. Àngel CALDAS i Bosch

(Salt, Girona, Spain)

 

Today, Jesus makes three key avowals, such as: that we are to eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood; that if we do not take the Holy Communion we cannot have life; and that this life is the eternal life and the condition for resurrection (cf. Jn 6:53-58). There is nothing in the Gospel so clear, so emphatic and so definite as these statements of Jesus.

We Catholics are not always up to the level the Eucharist requires: at times, we try “to live” without the living conditions set up by Jesus and, yet, as John Paul II has written “Eucharist is too big a gift to admit any ambiguities and reductions.”

“Eat to live”: to eat the flesh of the Son of Man is to live as the Son of Man. This food is called “communion”. It is “food”, and we say “food” so that there is no doubt with respect to its assimilation, to its identification with Jesus. We receive Holy Communion to remain united: to think like him, to speak like him, to love like him. We Christians were missing John Paul II's Eucharistic Encyclical, The Church lives from the Eucharist. It is a passionate encyclical: it is “fire” because the Eucharist is ardent.

“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk 22:15), Jesus was saying that evening of the Holy Thursday. We have to recuperate the Eucharistic fervor. No other religion has a similar initiative. It is God himself who descends to man's heart to establish a mysterious love relationship. And as of that point the Church is built and participates in the Eucharist apostolic dynamism and eclesial mission.

We are actually digging into the mystery, as Thomas did when he was touching the wounds of Christ resurrected. We Christians should revise our fidelity to the Eucharistic fact just as Jesus Christ has revealed it and the Church proposes it to us. And we should live once more the “tenderness” towards the Eucharist: well made and slow genuflection, increase the number of spiritual communions... And, starting from the Eucharist, men will look sacred, as they just are.
And we shall serve them with renewed tenderness.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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