Food to Eat

Jesus spiritual needs

10 May 2019. Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Reflection (Sem. Jobert Martin S. Gatmaitan)

One basic necessity of man to live is to eat.  Jesus realizes this need. Jesus not only satisfies our physical needs but also our spiritual needs. In the Gospel we saw how the Jews quarreled about what they heard from Jesus. They cannot accept what Jesus was telling them that unless they eat His flesh and drink His blood, they cannot have eternal life. Why did the Jews not accept this fact? It is because they saw Jesus as mere man and not God. Man cannot do it but Jesus is not only a man but also a God.

In the next verse, some of His disciples left Him because of this revelation. I remember there were many instances in my life that I turned away from Jesus because of my lack of faith.  Jesus is now telling me that I need an open heart to accept Him totally. He is offering His whole self to love us. This is the sacrifice of Jesus. Giving Himself totally to all mankind. What we need to have is an open heart and Faith to accept Him as true food that will give us everlasting life. This food is a food that can transform me to become a better priest in the future. A Priest that can share this food to others for them to know Jesus and have eternal life through Him.

The Gospel Today
John 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.

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