April 19, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

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.
Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.)

I remember an experience as a young boy of five. My mother is a deeply pious woman. Even now with her advanced age of 80, she still manages to go to Holy Mass every day. Oftentimes she walks around 400 meters from home to catch the regular 6-in-the-morning Mass of our parish. I still vividly recall, and even oftentimes reminisce that time she brought me to Church when I was a kid. I recall, it was almost every day, she brought me with her for Holy Mass. At one time after she received Holy Communion, as she returned to our pew, I curiously opened her mouth and looked at what was inside. I just cannot exactly recall the questions I asked her after that occasion. It must have been a series of questions a kid could compose.

Today’s Gospel reminds us about Jesus as the Bread from Heaven. Jesus told us to eat His flesh and drink His blood for us to obtain eternal life. In the Holy Eucharist, He offers himself to be consumed in the species of bread and wine turned to His Body and Blood. It is because of His great love for us that He wishes always to unite with us. This is the essence of Communion; Christ Jesus left a remembrance for us here on earth so that we will always be united with Him through this mystery.

Now, this is a continuing challenge for all of us, as we go through our day-to-day life, in this season of Easter. We can perhaps ask ourselves, “How often do I receive Jesus in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist? Do I receive Him with much devotion and preparedness, both physically and spiritually? Can I increase my reception of the Holy Communion not only on Sundays but maybe every day also, as I too, take my food as nourishment for my physical body also every day?”

May the Blessed Mother also called the Woman of the Eucharist bring me closer to her Son Jesus Christ who is the Eucharist Himself. Amen!

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