April 15, 2016

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

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.

Reflection (Sem. Alfredo Dimaano, Jr.)

4.15

The Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform and bring hearts to conversion to be more like Him. Pope Francis in one of his homilies said: The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us. To nourish ourselves with Him and abide in Him through Holy Communion, if we do it with faith, transforms our life into a gift to God and to our brothers.” To let ourselves be nourished by the “Bread of Life” means to grow in love by allowing ourselves to be shared and even broken for others. The four movements in the Eucharist are associated with Christ’s compassion and presence in our lives. By dying on the cross for us, Jesus identified Himself with that bread, broken and shared.

When Jesus announced that they need to eat His flesh and drink His blood, His disciples left Him for what they heard was something unacceptable—an “inconvenient truth” during their time. But one who completely follows His master will believe whatever He says and abide by His commands. They had all the reason to believe in Jesus but they lacked in faith to trust what He was telling them. Jesus’ love is one that is radical and my response should also be radical. He continues to be the Bread and I am moved to be bread for others too by being an instrument of God to lead them to Him for their spiritual nourishment. Amen.

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