August 16, 2015

The Gospel Today

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6:51- 58

Jesus said to the crowds:
“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 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Wilbert John “Wevy” C. Alivar)

8.16As I read today’s Gospel passage, I imagined myself being one of the people whom Jesus taught. Being aware that I do not know yet about Jesus’ sacrifice and the Eucharist, I would say that I might be one of the Jews who are murmuring and arguing about Jesus’ teaching. He said, “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.” If I will take it literally, is Jesus teaching me about being carnivorous?

As a seminarian, I live here in the seminary according to its structure. I have a daily devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and we also receive the body and blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist every day. Consuming these two species, I believe that Jesus wants us to be saved and be nourished spiritually. In here I think Jesus really means to offer His life for us to be saved and we always remember Him in the Holy Eucharist for what He did for us.

I realized that everything we do as Christians really makes sense. In the Old Testament, God gave manna to the people for them to live and survive in the desert. The Jews slaughtered lambs and offered them in the altar. Then God sent His Son Jesus, the Lamb of God who offered Himself for us to be saved. He said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him on the last day.”

Jesus gives me hope to have eternal life. I pray and ask for God’s grace that I may be always genuine in receiving His precious body and blood so I may be more like Him and be able to imitate Him. In return, I can share the Good News with others, especially the poor and those who are suffering that they too will be nourished by Christ. Amen.

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